Patients who receive IV sedation usually are in a state of relaxation but at the same time, are able to breathe on their own, and communicate any discomfort to Dr. Khoury. A period of amnesia will typically erase any memory of the procedure.
IV Conscious Sedation is administered by Dr. Khoury to facilitate the following procedures and circumstances:
Dental Implant therapy
Sinus Augmentation/ Grafting
Desire to be unaware during surgery
Intravenous Sedation is safe when administered by a qualified person such as Dr. Khoury. Dr. Sam Khoury is one of only a small number of dentists specially licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry to administer IV Sedation .
To perform these advanced sedative techniques, special training and clinical experience is required. In addition to training in sedation techniques Dr. Khoury is also trained in Advanced Cardiac Support (ACLS) from the American Heart Association.
Approval to perform IV Sedation requires the office to be specially equipped with emergency equipment and medications. This includes an ECG monitor to observe your heart rate and rhythm, and a monitor for breathing and oxygen saturation.
The staff also constantly trains to provide the highest level of sedation care.
You will feel comfortable at all times. You will be in a relaxed state but will be responsive to verbal commands. Patients often comment that they were asleep throughout the procedure. You will be given a local anesthetic for the work in your mouth after you are sedated.
Following your treatment, it is unlikely you will remember any actual procedures. You will be groggy and unsteady, and therefore MUST have a responsible adult (18+ years of age) to escort you home (and plan to stay with you for a few hours). Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment, or make any important decisions or sign any legal documents for at least 24 hours after receiving IV Sedation.
A follow-up phone call may be made by Dr. Khoury to check on your condition and to answer any questions that may arise.
- Fill out the medical history form accurately
- Inform Dr. Khoury of all medications you are taking including all over the counter medications
- Inform Dr. Khoury of ALL Allergies
- Inform Dr. Khoury if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant
- Read and follow all sedation instructions
- Arrive early and plan on 30 minutes after to allow for recovery time prior to discharge
- Inform our office if you develop a COLD