Before Surgery


On the day of surgery, we suggest you eat as you normally would unless you have chosen to be sedated for your surgery. If you have requested oral (Halcion) or intravenous sedation please refer to the separate instructions below.


You should be able to drive yourself to and from surgery unless you have elected to be sedated for your surgery. We will be using a local anesthetic that will not impair your ability to drive, so you will not need someone to bring you. If you have chosen to have nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) during surgery, you will not have any after-effects that will impair your driving.


Our office staff can help assist you in choosing a sedation option that is best suited for your needs.

Please know that sedation options are purely elective and are not mandatory for any of our procedures. Even when sedation is used, a local anesthetic for “numbing” in the area of treatment will still be administered.

We offer 3 options for sedation to ease dental anxiety:

  • Nitrous Oxide – more commonly known as “laughing gas”, is a mixture of oxygen and nitrous. It is most often used in dentist’s offices and is safe for all ages. Using nitrous oxide will NOT impair your ability to drive, nor have any after effects.
  • Oral Sedation – we offer Halcion or the generic name “Triazalom” in a pill form. If you choose Halcion as a form of sedation you will NOT be able to drive to and from your appointment. This oral sedation is taken one hour prior to your dental treatment. Dosage will be discussed at your initial exam.
  • IV Sedation – This intravaneous sedation is administered by Dr. Van Winkle and is considered a “light conscious sedation”. You will maintain your protective reflexes, however, you will be less aware of your environment and of any discomfort. If you choose IV Sedation as a form of sedation you will NOT be able to drive to and from your appointment.

These options for sedation can be further reviewed at your initial exam if you feel that one of the options would suit your needs.

Sedation Forms

Consent for I.V. Sedation

Consent for Oral Sedation

Requested Oral Sedation (Halcion)

If you have requested oral sedation for your surgery we have Triazalam, a generic form of Halcion, available for a fee of $45. This charge includes the medicaiton and necessary monitoring required for your surgery. If you are going to be taking this, you will need someone to bring you to and from your appointment. You are not to eat 6 hours prior to surgery, or have any caffeine products, as this will reduce the effects of the medicine. After surgery, it is best to have someone stay with you for the remainder of the day, since you will most likely be sleepy for several hours after your dental treatment. This medication will also impair your ability to drive, therefore you will not be able to drive until the day after your surgery.

Requested Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation

* See Consent for Intravenous (I.V.) Sedation form for additional information.

Following Surgery

You will be given a separate sheet of instructions that explains in detail your post-surgical care. Try to avoid any strenuous physical activities for 48 hours following surgery, and plan to rest the remainder of the day. Most people are able to return to work the following day, so plan accordingly. Have soft, cold foods on hand to eat for the first 24 hours following surgery, i.e., applesauce, cottage cheese, pudding, yogurt, etc. Avoid brittle, crunchy, hot foods for at least 2 days, unless instructed otherwise.


Contact us

Kurt VanWinkle, D.D.S., M.S.D.
8902 N. Meridian St. Suite 138
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Tel: (317) 844-2792
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Monday   7a.m.-4p.m.
Tuesday   7a.m.-4p.m.
Wednesday   7a.m.-1p.m.
Thursday   7a.m.-4p.m.
Closed Friday


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