Oral Surgeon and Maxillofacial Surgery

Intravenous Sedation

Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous Sedation, known as Intravenous Anesthesia, or “Twilight Sedation,” for your treatment. Intravenous sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you to undergo your procedures while you are very calm.

Dr. Kaplan has extensive training and experience is General Anesthesia & Intravenous Sedation. As a result of his extensive training, Dr. Kaplan is well prepared to appropriately administer local anesthesia, all forms of general anesthesia and sedation. He has a lot of experience in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines, and managing emergencies and complications that may arise during the administration of anesthesia.

Your treatment can be completed for you under intravenous sedation. Intravenous sedation or “IV sedation” (twilight sedation) is designed to better enable you undergo your procedures while you are very calm. It enables you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures that may not be comfortable for you. IV sedation will help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment. You may not remain asleep but you will be comfortable, relaxed and calm, going in and out of sleep – a “twilight sleep”.

IV sedation/anesthesia is given and watched by your doctor, therefore, eliminating the costly expense of having your treatment carried out in an operating room or same-day surgical facility.

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your hand or arm. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and be comfortable. Sometimes a patient’s vein may be unable to sustain a needle for the length of the surgery. In this situation, the medications will be administered and the needle recovered. Both ways will attain the same desired level of conscious sedation. Once again some patients may be sleeping while others will slip in and out of sleep. Certain patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.

Facial bone fractures are treated similarly to fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, including the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, and the age and general health of the patient. When an arm or leg becomes fractured, a cast is typically applied to stabilize the bone in order to allow for proper healing. Since casts cannot be placed on the face, other methods have been developed to stabilize facial fractures.

The goal of IV sedation is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. During the surgery, an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if needed. IV sedation is very safe!

Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in the office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation or nitrous oxide in combination with oral sedation. Once again, all modalities are given and monitored by your doctor in the safety and comfort of our office environment.

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