Intravenous, or IV sedation is an anesthesia technique available to qualified individuals to provide a heavier level of sedation. IV sedation often puts patients “to sleep”. This anesthesia option requires a consultation prior to the surgical appointment to ensure all patients receive the pre-operative instructions which including no eating or drinking for 8 hours prior to the surgery. If you take medications for other health reasons, you will need to discuss this with Dr. Scroggins prior to the surgical appointment. Small exceptions can be made for necessary medications but must be discussed and planned with Dr. Scroggins prior to the surgery appointment. Necessary meds can be taken with the smallest sip of water necessary to get them down.
What to Expect
Patients will be monitored during and after the surgery. As our staff prepares patients for surgery, an IV will be started in the hand or arm. Oxygen and /or nitrous oxide is also given to the patient. After surgery, patients are closely monitored in our recovery area.
Patients are given appropriate medications for their size, age and the nature of their surgery however some patients take longer to recover than others. We will keep you and your guardian informed about your post-operative recover. You will also leave with written and oral post-operative care instructions.
All patients must be accompanied and/or transported by a responsible guardian and should be carefully observed as long as they are taking pain medication. Sedated patients should not drive for 24 hours after the procedure or within 8 hours of taking narcotic pain medication.