The main parts of the IV sedation procedure are:
Before the day of the dental treatment appointment, the IV sedation dentist will plan a consultation session in order to:
Determine if the patient is a suitable candidate for intravenous dental sedation. The medical history is the most important tool to help the dentist decide if a specific patient can undergo IV sedation dentistry with safety and effectiveness. The patient must inform the dentist of any medical or mental conditions, and any medications or even herbal supplements usage. Certain medications may interact with the IV sedation drugs, by either reducing or enhancing their sedative potential.
Discuss the benefits and risks of IV sedation. The patient must become aware of the possible risks related with IV sedation, and the dentist must proceed to the treatment only if patient comfortable about . A consent form must also be signed by the patient before any IV sedation dentistry treatment.
Decide the specific sedative that must be used. The IV sedation dentist decides the appropriate sedative medications to be used, based on patient’s medical history, required sedation level, invasiveness and length of the planned dental treatment.
Provide the necessary pre-operative instructions. These instructions must be followed carefully before an IV sedation surgery in order to minimize the risk of adverse effects during the IV sedation procedure. Written post-operative instructions are also provided because patients may not remember verbal ones after the sedation.
Answer any questions the patient may have. Providing proper clarifications to the patient for all parts of the procedure is very important in all sedation dentistry treatments especially for patients with severe dental anxiety or phobia. The fear of anything unknown can increase anxiety levels and reduce the effectiveness of IV sedation.
Patients must follow carefully the pre-operative instructions given by the IV sedation dentist. Based on the characteristics of each case the instructions may be different, or additional ones may be given. Follow then exactly as provided by your dentist. The following instructions are only some of the common ones given prior to IV sedation dentistry: