Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Yes. A thorough health history and screening evaluation is done to determine if you are a good candidate and healthy enough for sedation. During the procedure your vital signs, breathing, and heart will be constantly monitored. Additionally, you will have trained personnel with you at all times assessing you and keeping you safe and comfortable.
Probably not. A common side effect of the sedation medications is an amnesic effect.
No. You will need to have someone drive you to your appointment and also drive you home afterwards. You will not be able to drive or operate machinery for the remainder of the day.
Yes. Even though you are sedated the doctor will still use the “numbing” anesthetics. The difference is, you will be fully relaxed and comfortable during the process.

IV – If a patient is comfortable with getting an IV then that is the preferred method of medication administration. IV sedation takes effect more quickly and the dosing is able to be perfectly customized to the patient and how they are responding throughout the entire procedure. If a patient become sedated more deeply than the doctor would like, or has a complication having and IV in place gives the doctor the fastest route possible to administer reversal agents or other medications as needed.

Pills – The primary advantage for sedation via pills is that starting an IV will be unnecessary. For some people that is a really big deal and we are happy to accommodate them as part of their customized treatment plan.

Some of the drawbacks of pills are they can take 45 minutes to an hour to fully take effect. Also, with pills it’s sometimes tricky to find the exact dose necessary to achieve adequate sedation without over sedating the patient. For example, taking one pill might not be quite enough sedation, but two pills might result in sedation deeper than the doctor would prefer. With IV sedation the doctor can micromanage the dosing in a way pills cannot.