We completely understand that some patients are nervous about having oral surgery. That’s why we offer intravenous sedation.
What effects does IV sedation have?
While you will feel drowsy and relaxed, you won’t fall asleep. Most people remember very little of their treatment afterwards.
How is it given?
A small fine needle is inserted into a vein in the back of your hand or at your elbow through which you will be given a sedative medicine, Midazolam. You will notice the sedative effects very quickly (usually within a few minutes).
During treatment, a finger monitor will check your pulse and oxygen level, your blood pressure will also be monitored throughout the procedure.
Important points to consider
If you decide to have IV sedation, you’ll need to make sure you’re properly prepared.
You must bring a responsible adult with you as the effects of the sedation will last after the surgery. Your companion must be present during the appointment and wait in the waiting room until you are ready to leave. They must stay with you for the remainder of the day.
You will feel drowsy following the procedure and it is important that you don’t operate any machinery or drive for 24 hours afterwards.
We recommend that you have a light meal before your appointment.
You must take all your routine medicines at the usual time unless you have been instructed to do otherwise by the surgeon.
You must wear flat heeded shoes and loose clothing (for example, t-shirt) that does not restrict your breathing or the inability to roll up your sleeves for monitoring devices.
You must NOT drink alcohol for 24 hours before your appointment.
We want to make sure you are as safe as possible. Please follow these guidelines after you have had sedation.
- Don’t walk or use public transport (bus or train).
- Stay resting at home with a responsible adult present for the rest of the day.
- Don’t drive for 24 hours.
- Don’t use equipment that may harm you, for example kettle, iron or knives.
- Don’t sign any important or legal documents for 24 hours whilst still under the influence of sedation.
- Don’t drink alcohol for 24 hours after your treatment under intravenous sedation.
- Make yourself accessible to your escort (for example, don’t lock the bathroom door).