You have been offered sedation in order to help you relax and most people find this a pleasant and acceptable way of receiving treatment. After receiving the sedation agent through a scratch on the back of your hand you will feel drowsy and relaxed. During the procedure you will feel relaxed but will not be asleep. Most patients do not remember anything about their treatment. At the end of the session you will be allowed to sit in the recovery room for half an hour or until you feel fit enough to be discharged home.
If you follow these instructions you will find treatment under sedation both pleasant and uneventful. Please feel free at anytime to ask a nurse or dentist ant questions that you may have about your treatment.
It is important that you observe the following instructions on the day of your appointment. They are as follows :
- You MUST NOT eat or drink anything for two hours prior to your appointment. Before this you should have a light meal e.g. toast and tea, coffee or fruit juice.
- You MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult who must remain in the practice throughout your appointment, escort you home afterwards and arrange for you to be looked after for the following 24 hours.
- You MUST NOT drive any vehicle , operate any machinery or use any domestic appliances for 24 hours following sedation
- You MUST NOT drink any alcohol, return to work, make any appointments or sign any legal documents for 24 hours after sedation.
- If you are taking any medicines they should be taken at the usual times and should also be brought with you so that the dentist may know what they contain.
- Any illness occurring before the appointment should be reported immediately, as this may affect your treatment.
- Your escort should take you home after your treatment by private car rather than by public transport.
- Please do not bring children to intravenous sedation appointments.