IV sedation

Intravenous Sedation Rancho Cucamonga CA

Dr. Dudziak, Dr. Choi, Dr. Hicke and Dr. Zakhary offer the option of providing intravenous sedation so that you are not aware of the unpleasant experience of having surgery performed in your mouth. It helps you keep comfortable and calm. It also allows us to perform meticulous surgery without worrying about patient movement. If you are a dental phobic, have anxiety, or pronounced gag reflect, this is the perfect option for you.

Oral & maxillofacial surgeons are trained in all aspects of anesthesia administration. Four months of training are spent on rotation with the medical anesthesiology service where they manage and deliver anesthesia to hospital patients. Drs. Dudziak, Choi, Hicke and Zakhary are experienced in airway management, endotracheal intubation, establishing and maintaining intravenous lines and managing complications and emergencies that may arise during administration of anesthesia.  

We perform thousands of IV anesthetics per year and pride ourselves on our safety record. Drs. Dudziak, Choi, Hicke and Zakhary are certified in: Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Basic Life Support (BLS or CPR), and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Our surgical assistants are CPR and COSA (Certified Oral Surgery Assistant) certified.

How is the IV Sedation Administered?

A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable. Some patients with medical conditions and/or on specific drug regimens may only be lightly sedated and may not sleep at all.

Along with IV sedation there are also different “levels” of sedation available to you in our office. There is nitrous oxide analgesia and oral sedation depending on the clinical situatio. Basically we can tailor the anesthesia to your need or desire.

Pre-operative Instructions


  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for six (6) hours prior to the appointment.
  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with your doctor prior to your surgical date for instructions.
  • Take all previously prescribed medication that has been approved by your doctor with a sip of water unless instructed otherwise.
  • Please brush your teeth prior to your appointment, but be sure not to swallow any water.
  • Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.
  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.


  • Medications that may be recommended before surgery:
    • If you are an asthmatic, please bring your inhaler
    • Pepcid Extra Strength 20 mg: take one the night before the surgery and the morning of surgery (with just enough water to swallow the pill)
    • Antibiotics


Post-operative Instructions

After IV sedation, it is common to be disoriented and groggy. You will be in our recovery area until you emerge fully from the anesthetic and are fully awake. Sometimes patients can also become nauseous afterwards. We give medications through the IV to help prevent nausea. Our office has a convenient back door exit through which our friendly staff will escort you out in a wheelchair. We recommend that you do not operate heavy machinery or make important decisions the rest of the day.