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About Intravenous Sedation

Before Undergoing Intravenous Sedation

After Undergoing Intravenous Sedation

About Intravenous Sedation

 
During Intravenous Sedation, or “Sleep Dentistry” you are given an injection containing a combination of sedative and pain relieving drugs. Once the sedative has taken effect, you feel as though you are asleep, but you will still be partially conscious, and even able to give limited responses to Dr Tony’s questions.

An experienced and qualified team including Dr Tony, a registered nurse, and a dental assistant will be with you at all times, monitoring your procedure and making certain that you are always safe.

Most patients wake up after the procedure with no memory of the event. The sounds and sensations of more extensive procedures, such as drilling and needles are neither felt nor remembered. You will simply feel as though you have had a very deep sleep.

Intravenous Sedation is suited to patients undergoing long or extensive dental procedures. Patients who suffer from anxiety or extreme fear of dental procedures, or whom experience complications due to a sensitive gag reflex also benefit from intravenous sedation. Many patients choose intravenous sedation in order to condense several appointments into one, lengthier visit which seems brief because they are asleep.

Before Undergoing Intravenous Sedation

 
Dr Tony is an experienced and qualified dental anaesthesiologist who administers sedatives safely. However, sedative drugs affect your whole body and they must be employed with care. Make sure you abide by the following rules before your procedure:

  • Fast for at least 6 hours before the procedure. If fasting is impossible for medical reasons, discuss this with Dr Tony when you book your procedure.
  • If you take daily medication, ask Dr Tony when you book your procedure whether you can take your medication prior to sedation. In most cases, you will be able to take your medication as usual, with a small sip of water.
  • Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothing. Remove any jewellery, nail polish or contact lenses.
  • Smokers must cease smoking for 24 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Sedation is not safe for those suffering from a cold or flu. If you have cold or flu symptoms prior to or on the day of your appointment, let Dr Tony know immediately. It is better to reschedule than to risk your health.


After Undergoing Intravenous Sedation

 
After sedation, you will continue to feel drowsy, and may feel a little disoriented because of the lapse in your memory. In order to take proper care of yourself after the procedure please make arrangements for the following:

  • Nominate an adult guardian who will transport you home and remain with you for the rest of the day. Stay home and relax.
  • Eat a light meal 2-3 hours after surgery to avoid dehydration and weakness. Some patients experience nausea after sedation. If you experience nausea, don’t hesitate to contact Dr Tony.
  • Do not drink alcohol, or take sleeping pills or other sedatives for at least 12 hours. Do not take recreational drugs.
  • Do not operate tools, vehicles or heavy machinery for at least 12 hours.