The Patient’s Guide to IV Sedation

If you need dental implants or another oral surgery procedure, there is no reason for you to feel nervous and uncomfortable during the process. IV sedation ensures your comfort throughout your procedure, so you can feel confident about the surgery ahead. If you are undergoing dental implants or another procedure in San Diego and are scheduled to receive IV sedation, here is what you need to know. Keep in mind that failing to follow any of the guidelines for IV sedation could lead to your procedure being rescheduled. Guide to IV Sedation at Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Avoid Food and Drink

For IV sedation, it is necessary for you to avoid food, beverages, and smoking after midnight on the day before your procedure if you are scheduled for your sedation in the morning. If your procedure is scheduled for the afternoon, you must avoid eating, drinking, and smoking for at least six hours before your appointment time. Food and drink can increase your risk of choking and nausea from sedation. Smoking lowers the oxygen levels in your blood, which can make the slowed breathing associated with sedation more dangerous.

Arrange for Transportation

Patients who are receiving local anesthesia (numbing medication) can drive themselves to and from their procedures, but if you are receiving IV sedation, you must have a friend or family member come with you. In addition to having someone drive you, you will need assistance at home the day and night of the procedure.

Wear Loose Clothing with Short Sleeves

Loose-fitting clothing with short sleeves makes it easier for the medical team to insert your IV and place any other devices that are necessary, such as electrodes to monitor your heart. Your clothing should also be comfortable. Don’t wear any nail polish or jewelry to the procedure. The medical team needs to be able to attach a small plastic clip to your finger called a pulse oximeter to detect signs of poor blood oxygen levels. Nail polish can interfere with the monitor. Jewelry is a theft hazard for sedated patients, who may struggle to keep track of their pieces.