The prospect of any dental visit may be daunting for lots of patients, and oral surgery even more so.
Intravenous sedation is one of the most effective tools to turn a daunting experience into a positive one. We often find good dental pain relief and a good dental experience will give patients a lot more confidence for all their future dental needs. In most cases, intravenous sedation is an effective form of dental pain relief and 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 dental sedation given is a combination of a strong painkiller and a sedative which makes you a little bit drowsy, but relaxed. The sedative drug may impair your judgement over the next 24 hours.
Before dental sedation / surgery
- You are required to be nil by mouth for four hours.
- You may have water up until two hours before surgery.
- You must come with a responsible adult who agrees to drive you home and remain with you for 24 hours
After dental 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