The aim of sedation is to make you comfortable, relaxed and safe during a procedure. Administration of the sedatives and analgesia results in you becoming drowsy and sleepy. Communication is possible if necessary during the operation because even though you are relaxed and unconcerned, you are not completely unconscious at any point in time. Your vital signs e.g. blood pressure, breathing, pulse rate, etc are monitored throughout the procedure to ensure your safety. Recovery after sedation is much faster than with general anaesthesia. The same applies for the side effect profile e.g. nausea and vomiting, headaches, muscle pains, sore throats, which is much less than with general anaesthesia – in fact very few patients experience any side effects at all. Conscious sedation is achieved with intravenous agents administered into a vein.
The general guidelines are as follows, see that you follow these guidelines otherwise your operation may have to be cancelled:
• no solid food for six (6) hours prior to the procedure
• all patients may have clear liquids until two (2) hours before the procedure.
IV sedation will be administered by a qualified licensed practitioner under the supervision of Dr. Adriana Gomez who has completed and maintains all of the requirements with the Manitoba Dental Association.