Let’s be honest. Getting dental work done is not something many people would put their hands up for willingly, let alone having oral surgery. It's no surprise then that we carry out almost all of our procedures under sedation.
Sedation is administered through an IV line (a drip), usually in your hand or the crook of your elbow. Medication is given to help with pain, anxiety and causes relaxation. In a large proportion of patients, amnesia is a common (and welcomed!) “side-effect”.
At Origin Oral Surgeons, we have a full team to monitor your vitals such as your breathing, oxygen levels, conscious level, heart rate and blood pressure. It is very important that continuous monitoring is carried out at all times to keep you safe and to make this the best surgical experience for you!
We also offer treatment under general anaesthesia (GA). Commonly referred to as being “knocked out” or “fully under”. This is performed in a hospital based setting with an anaesthetist and a team of nurses at Manaaki day stay facility at Mercy Hospital. For certain procedures and patients, this is the best option.
A thesis research project in 2017 showed that patients undergoing wisdom teeth removal, recover quicker with less complications after sedation when compared to general anaesthesia.
What to do before your sedation appointment:
If you become ill:
The week before:
Organise for someone to take care of you.
You MUST have a responsible adult to pick you up, bring you home by car, and stay with you for the rest of the day after your procedure. Best part? They'll get a free drink on us from one of the fantastic local cafes that operate across the road!
Remove any fake fingernails, or thick lacquered fingernail polish.
This is required because we need to be able to see your natural finger nail to check your circulation and because it may also get in the way of the pulse oximeter (a small machine that gently clips onto your finger to keep track of your pulse and how well you are breathing).
on the day:
Do not apply any make-up, moisturisers, or fake tan.
Dress comfortably: a loose fitting short sleeve t-shirt is ideal.
6 hours prior to surgery, stop eating. Milk, juice, and sugary drinks are all considered food.
2 hours prior to surgery, do not drink any more water.