HOW CAN I PLAN FOR IV SEDATION?
Make arrangements for a trusted adult to drive you home while the effects of sedation are still wearing off; you should not plan on driving (or operating any sort of heavy machinery) for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours before the procedure. Make sure you wear loose clothing so that we can place the appropriate monitoring equipment. Let us know beforehand if you have a cold, sore throat, upset stomach, or any kind of illness.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF IV SEDATION?
You have other options for sedation, of course, but IV sedation has several benefits of its own that help it stand out.
- It takes effect within seconds of being administered, instantly putting you into a deep state of relaxation.
- We’re in complete control with how much sedative you receive at any given time. You’ll receive small doses until you reach the desired state of relaxation, at which point we cut off the medication. Further doses can be administered if you start to wake up.
- It allows even the most anxious patients to comfortably undergo the procedures that are essential for maintaining oral health.
WHAT SIDE EFFECTS SHOULD I BE AWARE OF?
Nausea commonly occurs after procedures with IV sedation, but there are steps you can take to avoid the sensation. Loss of short-term memory about the procedure also occurs, although that can be considered a benefit for patients with strong dental phobias. And of course, you can expect to experience drowsiness that requires you to rest for the remainder of the day. Some patients might react differently to the medication – after all, everyone’s body is different. If you’ve had previous experiences with sedation or anesthesia of any kind, let us know so that we have a good idea of what we should expect ahead of time.