At an initial consultation, your medical history will be reviewed. Let us know if you are on any medications or treatments. We can then determine if IV sedation is right for you, or if there are other options that may be better.
You won't be able to eat or drink anything for a minimum of six hours before your dental procedure. However, take all routine medications, unless your dentist has advised you not to. You will be given a full set of instructions to help you prepare for your procedure and sedation.
You will have the sedative administered through a needle, so the medication enters your bloodstream directly. With this form of conscious sedation, you will not be very aware of what is happening, with little to no memory of the dental procedure, and you may fall asleep.
Since this is a deep form of sedation, there is some recovery time involved. It takes about 24 hours to recover and for lingering minor side effects to disappear. For this period of time, you will be unable to drive, so you will need to have a family member drive you home after your procedure. Unless you are unable to because of the procedure you had completed, you will be able to eat and drink after the numbing from the local anesthesia is gone. You should start with liquids first. You will be given instructions specific to your procedure for aftercare.
IV sedation is considered a safe procedure with a low risk of a serious complication. Your vitals will be monitored for safety. Lingering drowsiness, slight nausea, dry mouth, and a headache is normal afterwards, but these symptoms should be gone by the next day and should not be severe. Contact your dentist immediately if you have severe nausea, pain, or fever, or pain.
Please let the team at Toronto Smile Centre know if you have any questions about IV sedation dentistry or other conscious sedation options, and let us know if you are interested in being sedated for any procedure where it is not commonly offered. While we will suggest or recommend sedation dentistry for complex treatments, we can offer it for basic procedures, as well, for our patients with dental anxiety.