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What to Expect with IV Sedation?

Mar 05, 2021

Dental phobia can be crippling and make a trip to the dental office a traumatic experience. But, when you have impacted wisdom teeth and in excruciating pain, a visit to a dental office in Pompano Beach, 33062 is vital. Fortunately, with IV sedation near you, the dentist can perform a tooth extraction while you are relaxed and calm.

What is IV Sedation?

IV sedation is a form of conscious sedation that is injected into your bloodstream via the veins using injection. The sedatives take effect immediately and allow the dentist to adjust the dosage. This makes it ideal for complex procedures like wisdom teeth extraction. While IV sedation does not cause you to be unconscious, it gives profound relaxation. But you will not have a recollection of the procedure.

How Does IV Sedation Work?

The dentist will administer the sedatives using a thin needle that is injected into the vein on the hand or arm. If you fear needles, Dr. Shana Francois, will apply a numbing cream on the place to be pricked. Depending on your comfort level, the dentist may leave the IV throughout the procedure or remove it after the drugs take effect.

The dentist will monitor your blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen to make sure you don’t negatively react to the medication.

What Can You Expect with IV Sedation?

Unlike other forms of sedation, a little preparation is needed before you get IV sedation.

1. Before the procedure

You should take simple steps before undergoing IV sedation to ensure the process is a success. Before coming to the dental office:
Avoid eating anything a few hours before the procedure, mostly eight hours prior. You can take your prescription medication, but with small amounts of water. If you don’t know how to take your medication before surgery, contact our dentist for instructions.
Do not drive to the dental clinic alone, but have a friend or family bring you to the appointment.

Wear loose clothing and a short-sleeved shirt to make it easy for the dentist to inject the needle. Also, wear shoes that keep your feet secured. Avoid wearing flip-flops, slides, or slip-on.

Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before your dental procedure.

Do not wear jewelry and avoid dark nail polish,

Check your blood sugar, if you have diabetes the day of the surgery, and inform the dentist

2. During the procedure

The dentist will inject the medication into the bloodstream and it will take effect immediately causing you to relax. It is important to note that you may go through multiple levels of sedation before you are fully relaxed. The dentist can increase or decrease the dosage based on your comfort level. You can stay seated for a couple of hours depending on the dose the dentists used.

3. After the procedure 

IV sedation does not have any side effects, but you may experience discomfort and other issues as the sedation begins to wear out.

You will experience drowsiness immediately after the treatment. Keep in mind that it may take 24 to 48 hours for the sedatives to exit your bloodstream. That is why you are advised to rest after sedation surgery.

You may also experience a dry mouth because of a couple of reasons. First, your mouth will be open the entire surgery. The dentist applies a dry gauze on the surgical area that absorbs saliva and this may leave your mouth feeling dry. Lastly, dry mouth is a side effect of a majority of the sedatives.

Nausea and vomiting may occur a few hours after the procedure. The risk is higher in people who have a history of motion sickness. The gauze placed on your mouth can also cause a gag reflex, causing you to choke.

Headaches can occur due to a combination of reasons. But, it is mostly a side effect of the sedation medications. Low blood sugar can also be a cause.

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