Before the IV sedation appointment
- Do not consume alcoholic drinks for 24 hours before your sedation appointment.
- You can have a light meal and non-alcoholic drinks up to 2 hours before the appointment
- Tell the dentist if you have been prescribed any new medicines or have visited a doctor since your previous visit
- Take any prescription medicines as normal; the dentist will have already checked that these are compatible with the sedative used.
- You MUST bring a responsible adult with you to the sedation visit. They MUST remain with us during your treatment and MUST escort you home. We will not be able to carry out the sedation treatment unless this person is actually present. It is a legal requirement that they remain in the practice during your treatment.
- Do not wear any nail varnish or false nails as we need to place a pulse monitor that shines a light through your fingernail during the treatment.
- Wear flat-heeled shoes, as you will be unsteady on your feet for a couple of hours following the sedation.
How will IV sedation affect me?
You will become drowsy and in most cases you are not aware of having any treatment, but you are still able to co-operate with the dentist. The full sedative effect last for about an hour, allowing us plenty of time to complete the planned dental surgery.
Will I remember my treatment?
Usually, patients have no recollection from the point at which the sedative is administered to the time you get home. This feature of sedation makes it excellent for people who do not wish to remember unpleasant procedures.
What happens when the treatment session ends?
We keep you in our waiting room or in the dental chair as the sedative starts to wear off. Generally, this takes between 15 to 30 minutes. We will only allow you to leave when we are happy that all is well. We will be on hand while you recover should you have any problems. Your care is our utmost priority and we are well known throughout the West Midlands for our diligent aftercare.
Following IV sedation will I feel sick?
No. Unlike a general anaesthetic, there is usually no feeling of nausea afterwards. This is due to the fact that very different drugs are used. We would expect, however, that you would experience a very good night’s sleep following your dental sedation.
Can my ‘responsible adult’ leave the building during treatment?
Sorry, no. The responsible adult that accompanies you MUST arrive with you and remain in our waiting room for the entire treatment and recovery afterwards. They cannot leave the building. This is a legal requirement of the statutory conditions governing dental treatment under IV sedation. We will look after the ‘responsible adult’ make them a drink and find them somewhere comfortable with some good reading while they wait.
After the sedation visit
- Do NOT drive a vehicle for 24 hours
- Do not consume alcohol or sleeping tablets for 24 hours following sedation as these may interact with the sedative that is still in your body
- Do NOT operate machinery, look after small children or carry out any dangerous tasks requiring concentration for 24 hours
- Ensure you have a responsible adult with you for 24 hours