Before IV Sedation

IV sedation is used for many of our oral surgery procedures at Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists. Sedation helps reduce anxiety and stress for our patients, while allowing our surgeons to perform surgeries efficiently without interruption. Our surgical team is specially trained for IV sedation and anesthesia to ensure your safety. It is important that we obtain your medical history and detailed information about your health to ensure we provide a safe sedation experience.

The day before your surgery, you should begin planning for your surgery. Make sure you have appropriate foods and fluids on hand that you can have after your surgery – many surgeries will require you to restrict your diet. In addition, stop smoking at least 12 hours before your surgery. Find a responsible adult that will be able to come with you to your surgery, and they will need to stay during your procedure and drive you home after it is completed. Stop eating and drinking any fluids at midnight before the day of your procedure.

Day of Surgery IV Sedation Instructions

On the day of surgery, you will not eat or drink anything before your procedure – it should be at least 8 hours since you had any fluid or food intake. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, especially on your arms. We will need to have access to your arms for blood pressure cuffs, monitoring devices and your IV. Please alert our team if you are feeling ill or have any changes in your health the day of your surgery.

Most types of IV sedation will put you into a deeply relaxed state. It is unlikely you will remember the procedure. When you wake up, you will be monitored at our office until you are cleared to go home. You will need help getting home and should have someone with you for the next 24 hours to help with ice packs, medications and general care.

Our team will give you detailed instructions on what to expect during and after your procedure. Please feel free to contact Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists with any questions or concerns before or after your surgery.