If you’re scheduled to undergo sedation, you will need to arrange for a family member or friend to take you to your appointment, remain in our office for the duration of your surgery, and drive you home after you undergo surgery.
At Austin Oral Surgery, we offer multiple levels of sedation to best fit our patient’s needs and comfort level.
Nitrous Oxide, or laughing gas, as it is commonly known, lowers patient anxiety and increases comfort. It clears out of the body system quickly and is the only type of sedation method after which you can safely drive yourself home.
Oral Sedation, like nitrous oxide, doesn’t put you to sleep. It simply lowers anxiety and increases comfort. Unlike nitrous oxide, however, you will have to schedule someone to drive you to and from our office and remain with you in the office during the procedure.
IV Moderate Sedation allows you to sleep during much of the procedure. Again, you’ll need a friend or family member to escort you to and from the office.
IV Deep Sedation lets you sleep through most if not all of the procedure. An escort is required.
After the procedure, when you awake, you will be taken to our recovery room where you may lie peacefully while the sedation wears away. Once we determine that it’s safe for you to go home, you will be taken by one of our surgical care team members to your car and your driver may take you home.