Auburn Periodontics and Implantology

Joseph M. Haynes, DDS

IV Moderate/Conscious Sedation

What Is IV Moderate Sedation?

Moderate sedation is an altered state of consciousness during which you become disassociated with your surroundings.  Memory, anxiety, and pain are greatly reduced, and you should become very relaxed and comfortable. Most people having moderate sedation “think” they have been asleep because they cannot remember anything that went on from the time the sedation was started to the time they leave the clinic.

Who Is It For?

Any reasonably healthy person can have moderate sedation with virtually any dental surgical procedure at Auburn Periodontics and Implantology.

How Will I Feel?

You are “awake”, but you will remember very little, if anything, and generally you will feel no discomfort.  For example, most patients do not recall or feel any part of the procedure, including numbing of the teeth. When your appointment is over, the effects of the sedatives may last for several hours and you may feel tired most of the day of your appointment.

How Is It Done?

The sedative medications are typically administered through an IV line.  This way Dr. Haynes can be sure you receive the correct dose of medication to achieve the desired sedated state.  Because you will likely feel groggy and disoriented, you will need to have someone available to take you home from the office on the day of your appointment.  Dr. Haynes cannot sedate patients if they do not have a responsible adult available to escort and drive them home after their appointment.

Is It Safe?

Yes, but it is very important that you let us know about any and all medications and/or drugs you are taking, including any past medical issues or problems that you may have had so that the sedation procedure can be altered to reflect your special needs. There can be serious side effects if we are not informed of all your medications/drugs and medical conditions. For some, a consultation between Dr. Haynes and your general physician will be needed to ensure your safety. Failure to inform us of these issues will put you at risk and may result in an emergency situation.

Before Intravenous Sedation

- You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment.

- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.

- A responsible adult must accompany you to the clinic, remain in the clinic during the procedure, drive you home, and stay with you after the appointment until the effects of the drugs wear off.

- You should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.

- Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.

- Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery

- Do not wear/remove lipstick, excessive makeup, and nail polish prior to the day of surgery

- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.

- If you take routine oral medications, please check with Dr. Haynes prior to the date of your treatment for special instructions.