PPLM now offers patients the option to have IUD insertions performed under local, minimal, or moderate sedation. Please make sure to request this when booking the appointment so we can schedule you appropriately.
What are the benefits of sedation?
Primary benefits are to help calm and relax patients or make them more comfortable before and during in-office procedures.
What are the risks?
All patients are pre-screened to ensure they are appropriate candidates. While highly unlikely, there is a small risk of respiratory depression (when you breathe too slowly or shallowly, preventing proper gas exchange in your lungs) and allergic reaction to medications.
Would I be awake or asleep?
With any of our sedation options, you will be awake, breathing on your own, but resting comfortably.
How is sedation administered?
Depending on the option that you and your provider choose, the medication is administered to the cervix, orally, and/or intravenously (IV).
What are the side effects of minimal/moderate sedation?
Patients feel drowsy and sleepy for about 30 minutes but are able to walk independently out of the recovery room after that time.
You should not drive after sedation and will need to arrange a ride home from a responsible support person, public transportation or ride sharing (Uber or Lyft) if you choose this option.
Can I drive after sedation?
No. You should not drive after sedation and will need to arrange a ride home from a responsible support person, public transportation or ride sharing (Uber or Lyft) if you choose this option.
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