Feel Genuinely Comfortable with IV sedation & general anesthesia
At Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, patient comfort is always a top priority for our staff of well-trained specialists and team members. That’s why we offer several levels of IV sedation & general anesthesia that can be matched to your personal needs and preferences for an optimal experience! If you’re interested in undergoing sedation during your surgical procedure or have any questions about the process, please let us know. We have multiple locations in the Denver, CO area for your convenience.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Like the name implies, oral conscious sedation is a moderate form of sedation that involves taking oral medication at a scheduled time. Patients will remain conscious, but their anxiety levels should become greatly decreased. They will also feel much more relaxed in the treatment chair and may only have vague memories of their experience once the effects have worn off. Patients undergoing oral conscious sedation will need a trusted escort to drive them both to and from our office.
IV sedation (also sometimes referred to as ‘twilight sleep’) is administered intravenously, and our team can increase or decrease the dosage of sedative medicine whenever needed in order to ensure that the patient is as comfortable and at ease as possible. They will remain aware enough to respond to our team’s requests, but it is very likely that they will not remember much of anything about the procedure itself once it’s completed.
Like with oral conscious sedation, patients undergoing IV sedation will need a friend or family member to escort them to and from our office and keep an eye on them for the rest of the day.
Our doctor typically recommends general anesthesia for severely fearful patients and/or patients who are too young to sit still under their own power during treatment. The medication is delivered intravenously or by inhalation, and once they’ve circulated throughout the bloodstream, you should be rendered fully unconscious and unaware of what’s happening around you. This allows us to perform the surgery safely and as quickly as possible without interruption. The patient’s vital signs will be closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure their safety and comfort.
Are you interested in being sedated for your upcoming oral surgery in Denver, but you still have questions about how sedation works? Below, we have listed some of the most common sedation-related questions we receive, along with their answers. If you do not find the information you were hoping for, give us a call so we can personally tell you what you need to know.
How Much Does Sedation Cost?
Sedation for oral surgery in Denver is not automatically included in the price of your procedure; it incurs a separate cost. During your consultation, we will be sure to give you a candid estimate of how much your sedation may cost. The price will depend on the type of sedation as well as the extent of your surgery. In many cases, dental or medical insurance is willing to pay for at least apportion of the cost of sedation. However, you will need to go over the details of your specific policy to find out how it does or does not apply.
What Side Effects Might I Experience?
Negative side effects of oral conscious sedation and IV conscious sedation usually last for just a few hours. They might include things like grogginess, slow reflexes, low blood pressure, and a feeling of heaviness. Some patients experience a headache. With general anesthesia, side effects might include dizziness, nausea, feeling cold, and a sore throat from the breathing tube used during surgery. In most cases, such effects wear off fairly quickly.
If you are concerned about the side effects of sedation, or you think the side effects are lingering longer than they should following your surgery, give us a call. We will do all we can to assuage your concerns and fix your problems so you can have a comfortable road to recovery.
Is Sedation Safe?
Our team is highly qualified to offer sedation for maxillofacial surgery in Denver, and we take every precaution necessary to ensure that our patients are safe. We will take a thorough medical history and get to know your circumstances so we can administer your sedation in a way that is as low-risk as possible. Complications from sedation are quite rare. You really have no reason to be worried!
Do I Need to Do Anything to Prepare to Be Sedated?
We will give you detailed pre-op instructions to help you prepare for the day of your surgery. We may give you a sedative to take the night before your procedure so you can get a good night’s sleep. It is also important that you do not eat anything during the last several hours before your surgery. Food in your stomach can interfere with the sedation’s ability to work properly.
Another important preparatory step is talking to a good friend or family member. They can make sure you get to and from your appointment safely, and they can bring you anything you may need during your recovery while it is still inadvisable for you to drive.