Frequently Asked Questions

What Can I Expect to Experience?

You may expect a professional, highly qualified, board-certified anesthetist to deliver safe & compassionate care to facilitate your surgical procedure.

How Should I Prepare for my IV Sedation?

One of our qualified registered nurses with contact you to go over all pre-operative instructions. Follow the guidelines provided by your surgeon in addition to any instruction provided by our staff. Mainly, nothing to eat eight hours prior to you scheduled time in addition to nothing to drink. Clear liquid (see through) is acceptable and encourages up to TWO hours prior to your procedure.

What are the Benefits of IV Sedation?

Safe, relaxing process in which you will be unaware of procedure being performed and will awaken to your planned finished procedure. Side effects are very unlikely and mild at worst in the vast majority of cases.

What are the Risks of IV Sedation?

Our consent forms for anesthesia outline risks of undergoing anesthesia. Anesthesia is safer now than it ever has been due to advances in drugs, monitoring and equipment.

Am I healthy enough to have Anesthesia?

See “what should I do to prepare for sedation”. In most cases people are healthy enough for sedation. A highly trained RN will complete a thorough pre-operative screening with you prior to your anesthetists reviewing and completing a pre-operative evaluation.

Can my Child get IV Sedation?

In most cases, no. Children need to undergo IV sedation or general anesthesia in a facility equipped for caring for children. IF your child is old enough (greater than 15 years old) and healthy, it may be considered on a case by case basis.

Emergency Sedation?

No. All NPO and pre-operative guidelines must be met in order to receive sedation.

What is a CRNA?

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) are advanced practice registered nurses licensed as independent practitioners who plan and deliver anesthesia, pain management, and related care to patients of all health complexities across the lifespan. See here.

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IV Conscious Sedation

Conscious IV Sedation is effective intravenous sedation that relieves patients of disabling fear and anxiety. Conscious IV sedation may provide feelings of euphoria along with frequent periods of sleep. Most patients do not remember the dental procedure, but some do remember part or all of their dental procedure. There is less risk for complications of Conscious IV Sedation compared to Deep IV Sedation and General Anesthesia.

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General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is a state of controlled unconsciousness. Before the dental procedure, it is used to send you to sleep, so you’re unaware and do not move or feel discomfort while it’s carried out.