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Stay Relaxed During Surgery with IV Sedation


As the number of surgeries performed each year rises, so does the number of patients who are afraid of surgery. Tomophobia or the fear of surgery is an increasingly common phobia that can trigger severe anxiety. But this anxiety should not be a bar to pursuing cosmetic treatment. To help you feel calm leading up to and during surgery, Dr. David Passaretti offers intravenous or IV sedation at his office in Darien, CT. Rather than focusing on your anxiety, you can enjoy the life-changing benefits of cosmetic surgery.

What is IV Sedation?

Administered directly into the bloodstream, IV sedation is commonly recommended for more invasive procedures. Dr. Passaretti can quickly and accurately provide the level of sedation needed and adjust it as necessary throughout surgery. Most patients feel the effects within minutes but will still be able to move and respond to commands.

For patients who are undergoing complex surgical procedures, we may also recommend general anesthesia to help you into a deep sleep. However, whether you receive general anesthesia or IV sedation, sedation is a safe procedure with a low risk of complication.

Bag of IV sedation.
IV sedation induces a deep state of relaxation that calms patients without undermining their ability to respond to the doctor or medical team. 

Are You a Good Candidate?

For your safety, Dr. Passaretti will conduct a full review of your medical history and a health evaluation to determine whether you are eligible for IV sedation. As with surgery, there are certain factors that make sedation riskier, including:

  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications
  • Allergies
  • Smoking

During your consultation, we encourage you to be honest and open about your health and discuss any concerns with Dr. Passaretti.

What to Expect

To ensure that your sedation is as effective as possible, Dr. Passaretti and his team will provide detailed preparatory and fasting instructions prior to surgery. On the day of your procedure, Dr. Passaretti will insert a needle into the back of your hand or arm to begin the flow of medication. Your level of sedation is completely customized to your age, height, and weight. During the procedure, Dr. Passaretti and his team will closely monitor your blood pressure, breathing, and heart rate to ensure your safety.

Your level of sedation is completely customized to your age, height, and weight.

Once the needle is removed, the effects from sedation will typically clear up over the course of the next few hours. You may experience some discomfort at this time, although these should subside gradually. The most common side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Achiness
  • Disorientation
  • Headache

You may also feel drowsy following sedation. Prior to sending you home with a trusted friend or family member, our team will monitor your condition to ensure that you come out of sedation relaxed and ready to enjoy your enhanced look.

Why Choose Sedation at Our Office

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Passaretti is trained to deliver safe and effective levels of IV sedation for his patients. In the unlikely event of an emergency, our state-of-the-art operating facility is equipped to help our team respond to emergencies in a timely and effective manner.

Discuss Your Options with a Professional

If you are nervous about an upcoming procedure at our office, you may be a good candidate for IV sedation. Although most surgery candidates are eligible to receive sedation, the only way to determine whether you are healthy enough is to schedule your one-on-one consultation withDr. Passaretti. Call our office at (203) 642-1891 orcontact us online today to book your appointment.

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722 Post Rd
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Darien, CT 06820

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