Anthony J. Auletta, Jr. D.D.S.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dental Implant Surgery
Call: (727)397-8500

Anesthesia IV Sedation

Outpatient IV sedation is performed in the office. You will be asked not to eat or drink for six hours prior to your procedure. You will be placed on an EKG (to monitor your heart rate and rhythm), automatic blood pressure, and a pulse oximetery monitor ( measure the oxygen in your blood ). Oxygen will be administered by a small mask over your nose during the procedure.  A catheter or butterfly needle will be placed in your arm or hand and a combination of drugs are administered to sedate you. In most cases, local anesthesia (novacain) will also be administered so you will not wake up in pain. There are very few side effects with the modern sedation techniques used today. You will not be able to drive yourself home and will need a responsible adult to take you home. We ask that you not drive for 24 hours following the procedure.  HOW TO PREPARE FOR IV SEDATION