Technology that reduces
discomfort and stress for patients
Today’s technology makes it possible to perform complex surgeries in the oral and maxillofacial surgeon’s office with little or no discomfort for the patient.
Sedation reduces stress
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have extensive training in pain and anxiety management through the use of intravenous sedation.
The patient remains conscious during IV sedation. However, the patient may not remember much or anything at all because IV sedation induces a state of deep relaxation. The anti-anxiety drugs used produce either partial or full memory loss during the period of time when the drug first kicks in until it wears off. As a result, time will appear to pass very quickly and patients do not recall much of what happened. Most people do not remember anything at all.
Needle injections for local anesthesia are performed only when the IV sedation takes full effect so the patient does not feel those injections.
Prepare your return home after sedation
For this technique of intravenous sedation, you must fast for 6 hours before the procedure and you must be accompanied by a responsible adult to drive you back home after the procedure. You cannot drive for 24 hours.