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Sedation for Minor Oral Surgery

Intravenous sedation is used to help relax you during minor surgical procedures.

  • The sedative is given by injection into a vein (intravenous) in your arm or the back of your hand.
  • You will remain conscious at all times and able to talk and respond to instructions
  • You will also receive local anaesthetic (an injection into your gums) so that the treatment can be carried out
  • Afterwards you will probably have little or no memory of the procedure.

If you are having intravenous sedation there are some rules that you must follow for your safety:

  • A responsible adult (friend or relative) must stay in the department during your treatment and drive you home afterwards; if not, you cannot have sedation
  • Remember, to tell your oral surgeon before your treatment of any changes in your medical history, your medication and if you have asthma or any allergies.

On the day of your treatment

  • You can have a light meal up to 2 hours before your treatment if you wish
  • You can drink fluids and take any medicines as normal unless you have been instructed otherwise
  • Do not drink any alcohol
  • Treatment and recovery time is usually 1-1 1/2 hours

After your treatment under sedation

  • A responsible adult must drive you home and stay with you for at least 6 hours following the treatment. You must not travel home by public transport such as a bus
  • You should stay at home resting quietly for about 24 hours
  • Do not drive a car, drink alcohol, use machinery (such as a kettle or a bike), do any work or make important decisions for 24 hours, to allow the effects of the sedation to wear off
  • You can eat and drink normally as soon as you feel like it
  • If you have any pain then do not hesitate to take the painkillers as directed