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In-office IV Sedation or General Anesthesia

Patients who receive IV sedation go between consciousness and unconsciousness during their surgical procedure. They often have no recollection of the treatment and are unable to respond to commands even if they are awake at times during the process.

It is recommended that patients who receive deep sedation have a parent, spouse, or friend accompany them to appointments, because it can take several hours for the sedative to wear off. Thus, driving may be unsafe.

Our doctors are also licensed by the state to administer general anesthesia, so your son or daughter can receive the needed care in the comfort of our office. We provide general anesthesia for patients who need all types of oral surgery.

Because of the anxiety related to dental procedures, you may choose general anesthesia for procedures as simple as wisdom tooth removal and implant placement, or as complex as full-mouth reconstruction.

Prior to your appointment

  • Please notify us of any change in your child’s health. Do not bring him or her for treatment with a fever, ear infection, or cold. Should your youngster become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.
  • You must tell us about any drugs your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
  • Please dress your son or daughter in loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Your child should not have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure, and clear liquids ONLY (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to the appointment.
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the hospital or surgical site waiting room during the complete procedure.

After the appointment

  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep him or her away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place him or her on a side with chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage him or her to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first, it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.
  • If your child vomits, help him or her to bend over and turn the head to the side to ensure your youngster does not inhale vomit.
  • Prior to leaving the hospital/outpatient center, you will be given a detailed list of “Post-Op Instructions” and an emergency contact number if needed.
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