Average Recovery Time From a Standardized Intravenous Sedation Protocol

In: Dental treatment

3 Dec 2009

Dental care

Intravenous (IV) sedation has been used in dentistry for many years. One of its many perceived advantages over general anesthesia is the shorter recovery times attributed to this modality of pain and anxiety control. Other advantages include less patient preparation, reduced monitoring equipment requirements, and less stringent training for the personnel involved. However, most available studies of recovery times compare different drug protocols and were undertaken in controlled circumstances, such as hospitals and university medical centers, and not in the primary care setting. The studies available are not clear on the discharge criteria utilized. For example, many such studies simply do not state the criteria that are applied, or they use discharge criteria that are inappropriate for sedation in the dental general practice setting such as modified Romberg and “P” tests. This retrospective study was designed to examine the data available from the IV sedation records for an 18-month period available with 1 general anesthesia-trained dental practitioner (first author) who provides ambulatory sedation services to a number of private general dental practices in the Perth, Western Australia metropolitan area. The aim of this study was to describe the recovery times when sedation was conducted in private dental practice and to consider this in relation to age, weight, procedure type, and procedure time. A standardized IV sedation technique as well as clear standardized discharge criteria were utilized. cheap female viagra

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