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Sedation Options

 


FOR THOSE WHO WANT CONSCIOUS SEDATION

Nitrous Oxide Gas (laughing gas) is a safe and simple way of making patients feel more relaxed and less apprehensive.  Because the gas is quickly eliminated from the body, you can drive your car after the appointment.  This option is not possible with all procedures because the mask can reduce access to certain sites.


Oral Sedatives (such as Valium) can also be used to decrease apprehension towards dental treatment.  The medicine is taken by mouth about an hour before the appointment.  Oral sedation usually is effective, but individuals react differently and it is possible that sedation will be inadequate.  This option requires that you have a ride from a responsible adult to and from the office.  You will not be able to drive, work, or operate a car or any machinery until the next day.


Intravenous Conscious Sedation is the most predictable method of producing sedation.  The medications are placed directly into a vein.  You will feel relaxed and sleepy, but will be responsive.  You will NOT be unconscious.  You must follow specific instructions before and after the procedure. This option requires that you have a ride from a responsible adult to and from the office.  You will not be able to drive, work, or operate a car or any machinery until the next day. (Continue below for instructions prior having IV Sedation)

 

  

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW PRIOR TO IV CONSCIOUS SEDATION

 

You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment. You can have up to 16oz of clear fluids 2 hours prior to your appointment.

 

No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.

 

A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, drive the patient home, and remain with the patient for the remainder of that day.

 

The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for the rest of the day after receiving conscious anesthesia.


Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.

 

Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.

 

Do not wear nail polish on the day of surgery.

 

If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat or similar upset, please notify the office.

 

If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Martin prior to your surgical date for instructions.