IV Sedation

What is IV Sedation?

IV Sedation is a safe and comfortable method of medication that our doctors highly recommend to ensure patients remain as calm, relaxed and pain-free as possible during their procedure. Because IV sedated patients do not remember anything and time passes in what feels like an instant, it has become the patient's most popular choice for oral surgery in our office.

Not all oral surgery practices have registered nurses (RNs) on staff, but at Omaha Oral Surgery & Council Bluffs Oral Surgery, we elect to staff RNs to ensure patients remain in the best hands at all times. Our registered nurses are here to assist before, during and after your procedure. While in recovery, nurses will thoroughly review recovery instructions with the patient and their caretaker. Patient's will be sent home with a recovery box full of necessities for a speedy recovery, including gauze, gloves, a syringe, printed recovery instructions, a medication schedule, their doctor's personal cell phone number, and ice cream. If any questions arise outside of office hours, patients are highly encouraged to contact their doctor. 

Why IV Sedation?

  • Helps to calm anxiety, nerves and ease fears patients may be experiencing
  • Doctors recommend as it is the most comfortable way for patients to undergo a procedure
  • Patients are asleep, but still breathing on their own
  • Patients will not remember the procedure, including tastes, smells, and sounds
  • Patients remain able to respond to commands 
  • Medication wears off quickly after the procedure for quick recovery
  • Minimal discomfort is achieved 

How Should You Prepare for IV Sedation?

At Home:

  • Refrain from eating or drinking anything for at least eight hours before your scheduled procedure, including no mints or gum.
  • Arrange for someone you trust to stay with you at the office to drive you home afterward. This person will not be allowed to leave during the procedure, in case of emergency.
  • If you wear contact lenses, you are asked to wear glasses on the day of your procedure.
  • Wear a short-sleeved shirt when you arrive at our office.
  • Please have paperwork filled out before you arrive to streamline your visit. If you prefer to fill out patient registration paperwork at our office, please arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment time.

At Our Office:

  • Patients under age 18 must have a legal guardian present to sign a consent form.
  • Please have all dental and medical insurance cards with you when you arrive.
  • If your doctor or dentist has taken X-rays of your mouth in the past, you may bring them with or have your doctor or dentist forward them to us. If additional X-rays are necessary, they can be taken here at our office.
  • Prior to your procedure, one of our dental assistants will review your medical history with you. Your doctor also will visit you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure. If you have any concerns about medications, please contact us before your procedure so we can consult your physician.

Did You Know?

IV sedation is the most popular option for patients as it helps reduce pre-procedure anxiety. Patients who chose IV sedation did not feel pain or remember anything from their procedure including tastes, smells, and sounds.


Phone: 402.934.8999
Location: 5040 S 153rd St | Omaha, NE 68137
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am - 5pm 


Phone: 402.934.8999
Location: 8340 West Dodge Rd, Suite 101 | Omaha, NE 68114
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am - 5pm 


Phone: 712.309.0480
Location: 3265 S 24th St | Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Hours: Monday-Friday 7am - 5pm 

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