Pre-op and post-op instructions

I.V sedation

Conscious sedation is a technique that is designed to relax you during dental procedures. In intravenous conscious sedation, the use of a sedative drug or drugs, administered via a needle that is placed in an accessible vein for the duration of the procedure, produces an altered state of consciousness under which treatment is carried out.

During the surgery you will be drowsy, calm and vaguely aware of your surroundings, but you will have no pain or anxiety.

After the procedure you may have limited or no recollection of events.

Pre-sedation Instructions:

1. Do not eat or drink for 2 hours before your procedure.
2. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
3. Please take your regular medication at the usual times with a small amount of water.
4. Asthma suffers are requested to bring their inhalers to the appointment, and insulin-dependent diabetics must bring their blood glucose monitoring devices.
5. Smoking and alcohol intake should be avoided for 24 hours prior to your appointment. Use of recreational drugs is not permitted for 48 hours prior to treatment.
6. Ensure that you have emptied your bladder prior to going into the surgery.

Post Sedation Instructions:

1. The sedationist will discharge you a minimum of 1 hour after the last dose of IV sedation drug. You will be able to walk unaided and will be orientated.
2. A responsible adult will be required to escort you home after the procedure, either by car or taxi. This person will also receive instructions about your aftercare and should ideally remain with you for the remainder of the day.
3. Take your regular medication as usual.
4. Please do NOT take alcohol for the remainder of the day.
5. Avoid breastfeeding for 24 hours afterwards. 
6. It can take up 24 hours for the sedative drugs to be eliminated from your body and for you to fully recover from the effects of sedation (drowsiness, loss of memory, lack of awareness and coordination, etc). Therefore, however well you may feel, please DO NOT:

  • Drive a vehicle (insurance will be void), or cycle.
  • Use electrical equipment, cook, or operate machinery.
  • Care for children or dependant adults.
  • Make important decisions, sign important documents or perform complicated tasks.
  • Use alcohol, sleeping tablets, tobacco or recreational drugs.

7. We do not anticipate you having any complications, should you become concerned about anything, however trivial, please contact Guy directly.