If you need periodontal surgery but have been putting it off because of fear of pain or the idea of the procedure makes you nervous, discuss ways that we can help reduce those fears through sedation options. We can talk to you about the methods that are available for your procedure and how they can be administered safely and effectively for a comfortable experience. Here is information on the type of sedation we offer in our office:
CONSCIOUS SEDATION -
The purpose of conscious sedation is to provide a more comfortable experience while receiving necessary dental care. We use Midazolam in the form of a liquid sedative that greatly minimizes anxiety that may be associated with going to the dentist. Conscious sedation is not general anesthesia (being put to sleep). Your ability to breathe on your own and respond to verbal commands will remain throughout the dental procedure.
FOR PATIENTS HAVING SEDATION –
- Do not eat, drink or smoke anything after midnight the night prior to your morning surgery appointment. If you are having surgery in the afternoon, do not eat, drink or smoke for at least six hours prior to your appointment.
- You may take your regularly scheduled medication in the morning with a small sip of water.
- All alcohol and illegal substances must be avoided for 48 hours prior to your surgery appointment.
- You must have transportation by a responsible family member or friend to accompany you on the day of your surgery. They must remain with you all day and night after your surgery. Please have your driver check in at the front desk prior to leaving the office for any period of time.
- Wear loose-fitting, short sleeve, comfortable clothing.
- Remove all jewelry & nail polish & contact lenses prior to the appointment.
- If you have long hair, please tie it back away from your face.