IV Sedation

Many people are fearful of dental procedures and oral surgery. At Pinecreek Dental we are now certified to offer IV sedation to all our patients. A pain free, relaxed dental visit is possible in our office. 

 

Before, During And After IV Sedation

Prior to having dental care performed with IV sedation, you will have a comprehensive dental exam, including a thorough review of your medical history. If necessary, the dentist will consult with your physician to make sure you are a candidate for IV sedation in the dental office.Before IV sedation you should:

  • Be accompanied to and from the appointment.
  • Not eat or drink after midnight the day before.
  • If you need to take prescription medication, speak to both your physician and dentist.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing to the appointment.
  • Don’t wear contact lenses, oral appliances (dentures, retainers, etc.), or watches/jewelry.

During sedation, you will be closely and continuously monitored by the dentist and staff members, using electronic equipment that shows blood pressure, heart rate, and the amount of oxygen in the blood. After the procedure is over, you will not be released until it is safe for you to go home. You and the person taking you home will receive post-treatment and home care instructions including what you should eat and drink. It is usually okay to resume eating and drinking after getting home from the dental appointment, provided the numbness from the local anesthesia has worn off. Drinking lots of water is important after sedation since you will have been without food or water for several hours and may be dehydrated. If there is any soreness, especially after surgery where teeth need to settle down or tissues need to heal, keep off the affected area/s until they feel comfortable. A soft, healthy diet that doesn’t require chewing will be best; try milk shakes or protein/nutrition drinks, for example.Lastly if pain medication is necessary it is usually best to use over-the-counter non-narcotic medications such as Tylenol, aspirin or Ibuprofen, or prescription-strength medication such as Naproxen or Celebrex if your dentist thinks it is appropriate Medications like codeine or hydrocodone that will deepen the lingering sedative effects are not advised, especially the day of IV sedation. Ask us today how IV sedation can help you with making your dental needs relaxed as possible.