How should I plan for sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can be very helpful to you if you suffer from dental anxiety. If you choose to have additional sedation during a procedure, it’s important to plan appropriately. That way you’ll be sure to have a successful, anxiety-free visit to the dentist and a safe trip back home.
Planning Ahead for Sedation Dentistry
If you’re planning to be sedated during a dental procedure, be sure to ask your dentist or oral surgeon what type of sedation she plans to use and what she recommends as far as preparation. If you are receiving a prescription for a sedative to take before your appointment, ask how long it takes for the effects to begin and how long it will take for them to wear off. You will need to arrange to have someone drop you off at the dentist’s office, because you’ll have to take your pill before you go. You’ll also want someone to take you home, and you might even ask that person to stay with you until the effects wear off.
If you choose to have nitrous oxide sedation, these precautions might not be necessary, since you won’t have to wait for the effects to begin. It also wears off fairly quickly, so you might not need a ride home. However, it’s always best to be cautious, so if you have any reservations about driving yourself home, arrange to have a friend or family member pick you up.
Deciding on Sedation Dentistry
Many people choose to take advantage of sedation dentistry whenever they need to visit the dentist or oral surgeon for restorations or other procedures that require anesthetic. Although the anesthetic is sufficient to make you comfortable, sedation eliminates anxiety, allowing you to relax while you’re having work done. If you’ve ever experienced anxiety or a panic attack at the dentist, or if you’ve found that local anesthesia makes your anxiety worse, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon about sedation.
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