Oral and IV Sedation in Denver, CO

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Oral and IV Sedation



  • 6 HOURS BEFORE: No solid food (meals, snacks, and any food items).
  • 2 HOURS BEFORE: No clear liquids (water, tea, coffee, juices, etc.).

Medications: KEEP TAKING your prescribed medications with a SMALL sip of water unless instructed otherwise.

Transportation & Supervision: Arrange for a TRUSTED ADULT to drive you home and stay with you for the first 12 HOURS after your procedure.

Decision-Making: Avoid driving or making important decisions for 24 hours following your procedure.

Medications and Stimulants:

  • Pre-Arrival Medication: If prescribed, you will need someone to drive you.
  • Stop Stimulants: No coffee or caffeine for at least 12 hours beforehand.
  • Stop Sedatives: No alcohol or marijuana for at least 24 hours beforehand.

Medical Conditions:

  • Bring your rescue inhaler (if you have asthma).
  • Bring your blood sugar testing kit (if you have diabetes).

What to Wear and Bring:

  • Loose-fitting clothing, low-heeled shoes, and a short-sleeved shirt without a hood..
  • Braid or tie back long hair.
  • Avoid contact lenses, nail polish, excessive makeup, and jewelry.

Important Information: Notify the office if you are severely sick.

For Breastfeeding Individuals: 

  • The day before: Pump and store milk.
  • The day of: Pump and discard milk.
  • The day after: Resume normal breastfeeding routine.

For Smoking Individuals: Reduce smoking based on your daily consumption:

  • Less than ½ pack/day: Avoid for 12 hours
  • ½ – 1 pack/day: Avoid for 8 hours
  • 1 – 1½ packs/day: Avoid for 4 hours
  • More than 1½ packs/day: Smoke only just before your appointment


Supervision: Have a trusted adult stay with you for the first 12 hours.

Pain Medication: Wait at least 6 hours before taking any NSAID pain relievers (like ibuprofen).

Emergency: Seek immediate medical attention if you experience:

  • Slow, shallow, or difficult breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sudden difficulty being roused

Rest: Go home and rest. Dizziness and unsteadiness are normal for a few hours.


  • Start with clear liquids (water) and gradually progress to soft foods (soup, yogurt, etc.) as tolerated.
  • Avoid sedatives (alcohol, marijuana) for 24 hours.

Driving & Decisions: Do not drive or make important decisions for 24 hours.

Activity: Avoid strenuous activities like climbing stairs or lifting heavy objects.

Driving & Decisions: Do not drive or make important decisions for 24 hours.

Contact Us: Call the office for uncontrolled bleeding, fever exceeding 100°F, excessive swelling, worsening pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, or dizziness/sleepiness lasting longer than 6 hours.

Following these instructions will ensure a safe and comfortable recovery after your dental sedation procedure.

I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.

- Steve

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