- Do not eat or drink anything including water for eight hours prior to the scheduled appointment.
- No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery.
- A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home after recovery.
- Wear loose fitting clothing with either short sleeves or sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow.
- Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
- Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
- If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
- The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the procedure.
- If you take any oral medications, please check with Terrence E. Robbins, DMD prior to your surgical date for instructions.
Injection or intravenous (into a vein) methods require more experience to be administered and monitored properly. Injections and intravenous medications should be used only by dentists with extensive training in these techniques and Dr. Robbins has the training, experience and equipment to safely sedate and monitor each patient. Patient safety is important to Dr. Robbins so all his Surgical Assistants have special training and certification to assist him with administering and monitoring a patient during IV Sedation.
Your experience and comfort are a top priority. Together you and Dr. Robbins will decide the level of anesthesia that is best suited for you. Dr. Robbins may recommend IV sedation for some of the following reasons:
- Can't relax or calm down enough for treatment to be performed safely, even with conscious sedation and other behavior management techniques
- Needs oral surgery or other dental treatment that would be difficult for the patient to tolerate while awake
- Needs a lot of dental work that can best be done in one long appointment rather than many shorter visits
- Has a medical, physical or emotional disability that limits his or her ability to understand directions and be treated safely as an outpatient
- Infection present that prevents local anesthetic
IV conscious sedation is usually used to help patients relax during surgery or more advanced dental procedures that may take a longer time to complete. During this form of conscious sedation an IV is placed in the patient's vein in order to give the sedative medication. A patient is still able to respond to verbal commands and is aware of what is going on but the patient will not remember much of what happened during their procedure. This helps when dealing with a long procedure or patients that have a great deal of anxiety about surgery or their specific procedure.
Terrence E. Robbins, DMD would love to meet you and provide you with the dental care you deserve! Our office is easily accessible to those living near Carmichael to get the quality care they deserve.Request An Appointment Online