Doctors from Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery may recommend IV sedation for your comfort during your procedure. This is performed safely in our outpatient care center.
The choice of anesthesia for an oral surgery procedure is based on several factors, including the type of procedure being performed, the health of the patient and patient comfort. During your consultation in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), the doctor will take a comprehensive health history in order to determine the optimal approach to managing your pain and comfort.
Intravenous (IV) sedation, sometimes known as "twilight sleep" or "conscious" sedation, is a form of anesthesia in which medicines are introduced through a small tube inserted into the patient's hand or arm. Because oral and maxillofacial surgeons train as surgical specialists, they administer their own IV sedation without the requiring an additional professional such as an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist. In most cases the oral surgery procedure and anesthesia are performed safely and comfortably in the OMFS Outpatient Care Center, including wisdom tooth removal, implant placement, tooth extraction and biopsies.
If your doctor recommends IV sedation, it is important to follow all pre-operative instructions precisely or the procedure must be cancelled. This is a standard of practice designed for the safety of the patient.
You should follow any additional instructions given to you by your oral surgeon, even if they are not listed here.
Following these instructions will ensure your comfort and safety and a timely return to your daily activities.
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