Intravenous (IV) Sedation

IV Sedation

  • IV Sedation is the process where an Anaesthetist administers sedating drugs via a vein in your arm. This will cause loss of anxiety and memory of the event.
  • After you are sedated a local dental anaesthetic will be administered to your mouth. You will remain conscious but very sleepy throughout the whole procedure.
  • Following the procedure, you will be cared for in the recovery room by a registered nurse until you feel comfortable enough to be accompanied home.


  • We recommend that you wear short sleeved loose fitting clothing to allow you to feel comfortable throughout the procedure.

Surgery Time

  • We will contact you 1-2 days before your surgery to confirm your surgery.
  • Unfortunately we cannot guarantee an exact surgical time and a short wait may be required prior to your surgery time.


It is important to follow these rules for eating and drinking on the day of surgery.

Morning surgery:

  • Nothing to eat or drink from midnight the night before surgery.
  • You may have a sip of water (5-10mL) to take any of your usual medications.

Afternoon surgery:

  • A light breakfast (tea and toast) may be taken before 7am.
  • After 7am, you should have nothing to eat or drink.
  • You may have a sip of water (5-10mL) to take any of your usual medications.

Your Usual Medications

  • Please continue to take all of your current medications as usual.
  • Diabetic patients will receive specific instructions from Mr Badcock.
  • If you have any questions, please telephone Mr Badcock’s rooms on (03) 95960299

Your Recovery

  • The length of your recovery and the level of discomfort you experience will vary with the type of surgery you have and your body’s individual healing response.
  • Most people can expect to be quite tired after surgery, and to require strong pain-relief medication for 4-5 days.
  • Should you require a medical certificate for time off work, please telephone Mr  Badcock’s rooms on (03) 95960299


  • Chlorhexidine mouthwash if required will be given to you after surgery and should be used 3-4 times per day, for a week or so after surgery.
  • It will help to reduce the risk of infection and dry socket.
  • If you are known to be sensitive to Chlorhexidine, please let us know in advance.


By providing this service in-house, the cost to the patient can be controlled. The cost saving for the uninsured patient having IV Sedation instead of under General Anaesthetic is in the region of $1000.

Facility Fees:

  • These are fees to cover the additional expenses of intravenous sedation, including all drugs administered.
  • There is no rebate available from your private health insurance or medicare.
  • These will need to be paid on the day of surgery.

Anesthetic Fees:

  • A specialist anesthetist will administer the anesthetic, which will sedate you on the day of surgery.
  • This fee will need to be paid on the day of surgery.
  • You will be able to claim a portion from medicare (not your health fund).

Surgical Fees:

  • Mr Badcock’s fees need to be paid on the day of surgery.
  • Cash, Credit Card and Eftpos are all accepted.
  • An itemised receipt will be issued on the day of surgery to allow any rebates available to you to be claimed from Medicare or your Health Fund.

Following Surgery:

  • It is necessary for you to be accompanied by a responsible adult, both before and after surgery.
  • You must not drive a car, operate machinery or sign any important documents for 24 hours.

Should you have any enquiries prior to, or following surgery please do not hesitate to contact reception on 03 9596 0299.

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