IV Sedation

How to Prepare for Oral Surgery with IV Sedation

Choosing IV sedation for your oral surgery procedure is often one of the best ways to ensure a comfortable, relaxing, and pain-free experience. IV sedation is the most customizable type of sedation, so the level of medication being administered intravenously will be precisely the amount you need, for as long as you need it. There are a few dos and don’ts that our oral surgeon will recommend you follow, however, so be sure to follow all pre-operative instructions from them. In general, you can prepare in the following ways:

  1. Don’t eat or drink 6 hours before surgery:
    Undergoing IV sedation is best on an empty stomach, as the medication can sometimes cause feelings of nausea during the procedure. Your oral surgeon will make an exception if you must take a specific medication in the hours leading up to your surgery. Be sure to only take this medication with a small sip of water.

  2. Refrain from smoking at least 12 hours before surgery:
    While it’s ideal to not smoke for a greater number of hours or days before your surgery, you’ll need to refrain in the 12 hours before your appointment time. Smoking can interfere with your breathing while you’re receiving IV sedation and can increase your risk of heart issues before and after surgery.

  3. Have someone available to accompany you during surgery:
    It’s best if you have a friend or family member drive you to your appointment, stay for your procedure, and drive you home when you’re ready. You won’t be able to drive or operate any kind of vehicle or machinery the day of your procedure and a few days after, especially if you’re taking prescribed pain medication.

  4. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing:
    You’ll want to feel as comfortable as possible during your procedure, so be sure to wear comfy clothing and shoes to your appointment. Remember, IV sedation is administered intravenously, and any clothing worn should be short-sleeved.

  5. Remove jewelry, contacts, nail polish, and make-up:
    To ensure no items or cosmetics interfere with your surgery or your oral surgeon’s ability to monitor your vital signs, leave all jewelry, contacts, and cosmetics at home. This ensures that you will experience the safest surgery and no issues caused by excess accessories that could become lost or irritate your skin and eyes.

  6. Reschedule if you are feeling under the weather:
    In the days leading up to your surgery you begin to feel sick (cold, sore throat, fever, nausea, upset bowels, etc.), contact your oral surgeon to reschedule your appointment. Your body needs to be healthy and strong to undergo surgery, especially with IV sedation, to minimize the risk of infection and promote healthy healing.

Schedule Your AppointmentHave more questions about choosing IV sedation for your oral surgery? Contact your oral surgeon today. 

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