Many people avoid going to the Oral Surgeon because they are terrified or anxious about having to undergo a painful procedure.
However, Oral Surgeons have a wide range of experience in the practice of pain relief and the administration of IV sedation. Our oral surgeons have completed rigorous training and are licensed providers of deep sedation and general anesthesia to ensure you are relaxed and comfortable during your surgery. This method involves the administration of medications through a vein in your arm or the back of your hand. Your surgeon can then titrate to the level of anesthesia most appropriate for you.
How does IV sedation make you feel?
You may be aware of the surgeon, but you will be very relaxed and free from anxiety. You will be able to raise your hand, for example, if the dentist asks you to do this, but you won’t be aware of the procedure itself.
Are there any other effects?
You will feel drowsy and you will forget some or all of the procedure. You won’t be able to go home by yourself, you will need someone with you.
Do I need to fast before I have IV sedation?
Fasting for at least 8 hours prior to your sedation is necessary. Instructions will be provided at consultation.
What is the procedure?
An intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein and as the drug enters your body you will feel relaxed and drowsy. The surgeon will also attach a monitor to your finger which measures your oxygen and your pulse. Then you will be given a local anesthetic in your gum to numb the area in and around surgical region. Once that’s been done your dentist can get on with your dental procedure and you will be unaware of any anxiety or pain.
How long does it take to recover?
It won’t take long for the anaesthetic to wear off completely and you will be able to go home fairly soon after your dentistry work is complete, as long as you have someone with you. You won’t be able to drive yourself. You might spend most of the day dozing or resting. Eat a light meal if you get hungry, but don’t drink alcohol.
Will I have pain the day after?
You might need to take a mild pain killer, but many patients report that they have very little pain afterwards and this is thought to be because your relaxed state during the procedure meant that your dentist was able to work without putting too much pressure on your jaw.
If you would like to know more about Intravenous (IV) sedation, speak to your dentist who will talk you about the procedure and answer any other questions you might have