One reason people avoid or postpone needed dental treatment is, simply put, fear. While contemporary techniques allow the delivery of local anesthetic virtually pain free, memories of painful experiences from the past still haunt the dental public. IV sedation techniques are an excellent alternative for treatment of such patients as well as for lengthy restorative or surgical appointments in the non phobic patient.
IV sedation involves the use of sedative agents administered by way of an IV line directly into the patient’s circulation. This allows the gradual dosing of appropriate medications until the patient is safely and comfortably sedated. Patients who have experienced procedures performed while undergoing IV sedation report that they feel as though they had been “put to sleep” and have no memory of any of the dental treatment. IV sedation which is extremely safe should not be confused with general anesthetic which embodies certain inherent hazards.
Dr. Adams is highly trained and experienced in the safe and effect use of modern IV sedation techniques.
- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment.
- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany you to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the you home.
- You should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
- Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
- Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
- If you take routine oral medications, please check with the doctor or staff prior to your surgical date for instructions.