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What is IV sedation?

Moderate IV sedation is an altered state of consciousness, where you may feel disassociated from your surroundings, relaxed and comfortable. Memory of the procedure, perception of pain and anxiety is greatly reduced. Sedation provides a safe, comfortable surgical experience for patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal, and other dental surgical procedures. Moderate IV sedation can be performed in the dental office setting safely, and is the most common method of sedation for dental procedures.

What to expect
(with IV sedation)

Prior to your surgery appointment, you will need to prepare for sedation by following the instructions provided to you by your surgeon. Most commonly, you will be required to not have anything to eat or drink for 6-12 hours before your appointment. Since you will still be experiencing some mild effects of sedation after surgery, you will not be able to drive yourself home, and will need someone with you to drive you home.  If you are taking any regular

medications or supplements, be sure to check withyour surgeon about altering your medication schedule prior to surgery andanesthesia. Dress in comfortable, loosefitting clothes and wear closed-toe flat bottom shoes, such as athleticshoes. It is always a good idea to brushyour teeth and use the restroom prior to your appointment. At the start of yourappointment, you will meet with the surgeon to review your procedure, answer anylast-minute questions, and verify that you have followed all the pre-operativeinstructions. Your medical history andany regular medications or allergies may be reviewed with you again. Expect to have your vital signs taken andmonitored throughout the procedure and recovery period. These include, but are not limited to bloodpressure, heart monitoring (ECG), heart rate and breathing. A simple intravenous (IV) line will be placedin your arm or hand, and the anesthesia medications, along with IV fluids, willbe administered through the IV. This isa simple, painless way to administer IV medications and help you feel relaxedand comfortable during your procedure. Once the IV medications have taken effect, your surgeon will administerlocal anesthesia injections in the surgical areas, in order to ensure that youdo not feel pain from the surgical procedure. You will be monitored carefully throughout the procedure, and will beginto feel more awake and alert once everything is finished. Your mouth will remain numb for up to severalhours following surgery. During your recovery period, you will be monitoreduntil your sedation has worn off, and then discharged from the dental office tohome.

Pre-Op Instructions

We have provided general pre-operative instructions here. Be advised, your surgeon will provide you specific written and/or verbal pre-operative instructions, which you should follow. Patients with certain medical conditions or daily medications may need supplemental pre-operative instructions, not provided here. The instructions we have

Post-Op Instructions

We have provided general post-operative instructions here.  Be advised, your surgeon will provide you specific written and/or verbal post-operative instructions, which you should follow.  Patients with certain medical conditions or daily medications may need supplemental post-operative instructions, not provided here. The instructions we have provided here are general in nature, and you should always follow the instructions given to you by your surgeon.

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