There is a widespread fear of visiting the dentist. Moreover, when you have a maxillofacial surgery appointment, it is normal to be a little nervous.
At Clinique MFML, we are committed to offering you a comfortable and pleasant environment and treatment. This is why, before and during surgery, our team can administer intravenous sedation. For younger patients, we also offer oral sedation.
Intravenous sedation is a technique that consists of reducing the stress and discomfort that a patient may experience in surgery by administering sedatives through a venous access. It promotes relaxation and facilitates the surgical procedure.
In addition to reducing anxiety, the sedatives we use cause drowsiness and amnesia. You will be semiconscious without being completely asleep, and will be able to respond to some simple instructions. Sedation should not be confused with anesthesia. Sedation is a sedative that allows you to be more relaxed compared to general anesthesia, where you are completely asleep. Local anesthesia will be performed after administration of an oral or intravenous sedative. However, there is no reason for concern; sedated patients have no awareness of this.
Our surgeons are qualified to practice intravenous sedation safely through training and medical knowledge. There is therefore no danger in requesting it. Be aware, however, that you will need to follow specific instructions to maximize your comfort during the procedure.
You will be asked to have fasted – no drinking or eating – at least 6 hours in advance of your appointment. If you have medication to take beforehand, it will be possible to take it with a small amount of water to help swallowing. You must also be accompanied by a responsible adult, as well as dress comfortably and prioritize short-sleeved sweaters.
Intravenous sedation is suitable for the majority of people. However, certain situations are contraindicated. Among other things, a pregnancy, an allergy to one of the medicines used, the intake of alcohol and suffering from certain medical conditions are all factors contraindicating sedative use. This is why providing a complete up-to-date medical questionnaire is important.
It should also be noted that in some situations, general anesthesia will prove to be a better treatment option than oral or intravenous sedation. Whether for medical reasons, in cases of serious anxiety and behavioral disorders or because the required maxillofacial surgery is complex, general anesthesia will be preferred. The procedure will then take place in one of our affiliated healthcare centers.
For more information on the intravenous sedation process, to know if your situation is part of the contraindications or for any other requests, contact our specialists. Whether by phone at 514 637-1606 (Montreal) or 514 394-7979 (South Shore), or by email at email@example.com, they will be happy to answer you.