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IV Conscious Sedation

How do I prepare for IV Conscious Sedation?

If you have been scheduled for a dental procedure using intravenous conscious sedation, please follow the following instructions. Do NOT have anything to eat or drink eight hours before your appointment. Continue to take prescribed medications unless previously instructed otherwise by the doctor performing your procedure. Bring a responsible person with you to drive you home after the procedure. Your driver must be in the clinic waiting area before your sedation can be started.

What can I expect from IV Conscious Sedation?

When you arrive at the clinic, 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 and dextrose 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 afterward.

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 will then be discharged in a wheel chair escorted by your driver. You must not or operate any machinery until the day after your intravenous sedation.

If you need additional information, please call Hospital Dentistry at 734-936-5950 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.