Your dentist will give you sedative medication either by tablet or in the vein in your arm. The medicine will wear off quickly, so it is used for routine dental procedures to manage anxiety related to the dental procedure. You may receive the medicine through an intravenous line (IV, in a vein) You will begin to feel drowsy and relaxed very quickly. If your doctor gives you the medicine to swallow, you will feel the effects after about 30 to 60 minutes. The dentist will monitor you during the procedure to make sure you are OK. This provider will stay with you at all times during the procedure. You may fall asleep, but you will wake up easily to respond to people in the room. You may be able to respond to verbal cues. After sedation, you may not remember much about the procedure.