Dental appointments cause anxiety in many people. If you’re nervous about your upcoming appointment or you need to have a lot of dental work done, such as a dental implant procedure, consider talking to your dentist about your sedation options. For a safe and comfortable sedation dentistry experience, it’s essential to carefully follow the pre-appointment and post-appointment instructions provided to you.
Before the sedation dentist can administer any medications, he or she must know your full health history. Advise your dentist if you have any underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, and if you have any allergies. Your dentist needs to know if you’re pregnant or could be pregnant. Disclose whether you’re taking any prescription medications, non-prescription drugs, or supplements.
Once the dentist has determined that it is safe for you to receive sedation dentistry, he or she will explain your options. There are different levels of sedation. If you only have mild dental anxiety , then nitrous oxide may be a good choice for you. Oral sedatives and intravenous (IV) sedation stimulate a deeper level of relaxation, while general anesthesia involves complete unconsciousness.
You may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything for a certain period of time prior to your appointment. You may also be asked to avoid smoking before and after receiving dental care. If you’re receiving IV sedation, you should wear a shirt with short sleeves or one with sleeves that can be rolled up. Be sure to wear flat shoes, since you will be a little woozy when you leave the clinic. If you’ve chosen oral sedation, your dentist will give you a prescription to fill beforehand. Take the medicine as directed.
If you’re receiving nitrous oxide, you’ll be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Any other type of sedation requires someone to drive you to and from the dental office. The dentist may also require that a responsible adult stay with you for the remainder of the day.
The office of Dr. Jeffrey Rabinowitz is pleased to offer safe and comfortable sedation dentistry in NYC. If you have any questions for our sedation dentist about your upcoming appointment, please do not hesitate to contact us at (212) 826-2322. You can also browse our website for more general information about sleep dentistry.