Upon lying down in the dental chair, a CRNA will assess you and confirm all preoperative information. An assistant will offer blankets to wrap around you so you feel comfortable and warm. You will be placed on a vital sign monitor that will allow the CRNA to continuously monitor your blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen saturation, and presences of end tidal carbon dioxide. A small IV will be placed and sedation medication will begin to be administered. You may be placed on oxygen via a nasal cannula.
Upon administration of the IV medication, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed and at ease. The sights, smells and noises around you will dissipate. While the dentist works, the CRNA’s sole responsibility is to make sure you are safe and comfortable as if you were in an operating room. Many times your dentist can usually accomplish a significantly larger amount of high-quality dentistry while you are sedated. Because your jaw, tongue and facial muscles are relaxed as well, your dentist can more efficiently provide you with a higher level of treatment. At the end of the procedure, the medication will be discontinued and once you have recovered you will be allowed to be discharged. All patients must have an adult driver to assist them home.