For the patient, going to sleep comfortably is the first priority. A preoperative sedative
can make this pleasant and unmemorable.
During the procedure, protecting a sleeping patient is my singular responsibility. With body padding, eye protection, watchful observation, and a full range of high tech monitors, comfort and safety is preserved. In addition, if antibiotics are required to protect against infection, they are provided through the IV.
Toward the end of the procedure drugs for post operative comfort can be given. Prevention of pain, nausea, and inflammation are very important.
Patients almost always wake up quickly. I expect people to feel a little tired but otherwise fine. Since the dental work has been completed, as though by magic, that is even better.