Today I went to the local dental hospital to have a tooth extracted using IV conscious sedation. When I got there I was keeping fairly controlled (just!) and then a nurse went through some questions with me. All was OK until he started to ask about what would happen after the extraction was done. I said my partner would take me home by taxi and that he would be with me apart for a short time (20 mins max) while he went to pick our 10 year old son up from school.At this point he said he would have to talk to the dentist.
Well, then I was called into the consulting room and asked the same questions again - this time by the dentist. She then said that if I could not guarantee that my partner would be giving me his complete and undivided attention at home she would be unable to use the IV sedation.
By this time my anxiety levels were hitting the roof,I was getting angry and the dentist would not budge(but neither could she explain why the hospital would discharge me if I actually needed such intense monitoring) To cut a long story short I rearranged my appointment for another time - which as it will hit school holiday time will present us both with greater -not fewer - problems.
And after all this I feel that I need to know why such conditions were being imposed - what dangers have Inot been told about? What is the recovery time after this procedure? Can anyone out there explain this to me?
Thanks in anticipation.....