We know that the thought of any dental visit is a scary one for lots of patients and surgery even more so. Intravenous sedation is one of the most effective tools to turn a scary experience into a good one and we often find a good dental experience will give patients a lot more confidence for all of their dental needs. In most cases intravenous sedation is a good alternative to a full general anaesthetic (going to sleep in a hospital) for oral surgery.
A small plastic cannula is placed in your arm or hand . The medication given is a combination of very strong painkiller and a sedative which makes you drowsy, forgetful and relaxed! The sedative drug may impair your judgement over the next 24 hours.
Before sedation / surgery
- Have nothing to eat for six hours you may have water up until two hours before surgery.
- Nothing to eat or drink within two hours of surgery.
- You must come with a responsible adult who agrees to drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours
After sedation / surgery
- Your judgement and co-ordination may be affected by the sedation for 24 hours. During this time:
- You must not be alone
- You must not drive a vehicle or ride a bike
- You must not operate machinery
- You must not care for children
- You must not drink alcohol
- You must not sign documents or make important decisions