How do I prepare for IV Conscious Sedation?
If you have been scheduled for a dental procedure using intravenous conscious sedation, please follow these instructions.
What can I expect from IV Conscious Sedation?
When you arrive at the office, your blood pressure will be taken and a pulse oximeter (ock-SIM-uh-tur) will measure your heart rate and oxygen saturation of the blood through a small plastic clamp placed on your finger. You may also be given some oxygen to breathe through your nose from a small tube. An intravenous line will be started in your arm which will drip a solution of saline into your vein. Through this line, medications will be added which cause drowsiness and pain relief. You will be able to be aroused but will be very drowsy and relaxed, and you will probably not remember any of the procedure.
How long will I be under sedation?
The length of your appointment will depend upon the procedure being done. There will also be a recovery period of 15 to 20 minutes after the procedure is finished. You must NOT drive or operate any machinery until the day after your intravenous sedation. You should also not be responsible for small children or make any important decisions that day.
If you need additional information, please call the office at 231-946-2910.