At Back Mountain Dental, cosmetic and sedation dentist Dr. James DeFinnis uses intravenous (IV) sedation to keep his Wilkes Barre patients comfortable and relaxed during their dental procedures. This very safe and very effective sedation method has helped countless patients overcome their dental fear and phobia and receive the care they need and deserve, so Dr. DeFinnis urges you to consider IV sedation if the thought of taking a seat in the dental chair leaves you anxious and afraid. To ensure your safety before, during, and after your sedation is administered, follow the tips below.
Before Your Dental Procedure
Before prescribing IV sedation to you, Dr. DeFinnis will first consult with you about your medical history, current medications and/or health problems, and your dental care needs. While specific pre-sedation instructions vary from patient to patient and case to case, the following points are standard:
- Do not eat or drink for at least 4 hours prior to your IV sedation procedure. In some cases, Dr. DeFinnis may urge you to not ingest anything up to 8 hours before treatment.
- Do not drink alcohol at least 24 hours before IV sedation.
- Stop smoking at least 12 hours before your procedure.
- Only take routine medications prior to your procedure if you’ve been given the “okay” from Dr. DeFinnis.
- If applicable, take the oral anti-anxiety medication prescribed by Dr. DeFinnis to relax you the night before and the day of your procedure.
- Arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home after your procedure. For safety reasons, you will be unable to leave our dental office unaccompanied.
- Alert Dr. DeFinnis of any cold, flu, or other health symptoms immediately. In some cases, your dental procedure may be postponed if you become ill.
- Avoid wearing constricting clothing, makeup, or nail polish to your appointment.
Following Your Dental Procedure
When you awake from your IV sedation, it’s likely that you’ll feel a bit groggy, but you’ll have no recollection of your dental procedure and your treatment will be complete. To ensure your safety and comfort during your immediate recovery period, follow these instructions:
- Have a responsible adult drive you home and stay with you until the effects of the sedation wear off (can take up to 24 hours).
- Try to rest for the remainder of the day and, if your body needs it, the next day, as well.
- Do not perform any hazardous activities, including driving and operating heavy machinery, for up to 24 hours.
- If you’re hungry following your procedure, only eat a light meal to avoid feeling sick to your stomach.
- If you experience mild nausea, rest for a while. If your symptoms worsen or last for more than a few hours, call Back Mountain Dental right away.
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol for at least 24 hours following your procedure.
- Take all medications prescribed by Dr. DeFinnis, but refrain from taking other medications immediately following your procedure unless cleared by Dr. DeFinnis.
- If you have any unusual symptoms or discomfort following your procedure, call Dr. DeFinnis immediately.
For more information about IV sedation, or if you have a question about your upcoming dental procedure, call Back Mountain Dental, located in Trucksville, Pennsylvania, at (570) 763-4360.