Maybe you need to schedule a few complex procedures for a single visit. Maybe you have trouble saying “ahh” wide enough for the dentist. Or maybe you struggle with dental anxiety or white coat syndrome.
Whatever the reason, you’ve decided that sedation dentistry may be the right option for you. But before you schedule your appointment, you want to know – is the procedure safe? What should you expect when you come in?
As with any use of sedation, there are always some risks involved. However, these risks can be minimized by an experienced dentist who has the proper education, certification, and permits to use sedation as a part of their practice. Sedation dentistry is considered safe to use even for children when the proper steps are taken.
If you’re considering sedation, here is what you can expect before, during, and after your procedure.
Before choosing sedation, you may want to schedule a consultation to evaluate your options. Dentists typically offer up to three different options for sedation, and depending on your procedure and needs, we’ll find the option that’s right for you.
To prepare for this consultation, you’ll want to make sure your dentist has your updated medical history and is aware of any medications you are currently taking.
When you arrive for your appointment, it’s normal to be a little nervous. At Boger Dental, we are trained to be sensitive to dental phobias and we will do all that we can to make your experience comfortable for you, both emotionally as well as physically.
During your dental procedure, we’ll continually monitor your depth of anesthesia and tailor it to your needs. If you need IV sedation, you’ll be taken care of by a licensed nurse anesthetist, who will administer the IV, monitor your depth of sleep, and tailor it to your needs. There is a needle involved, and some people are not fans of needles, but rest assured that the nurse continues to monitor you during the entire duration of the procedure. This keeps you very relaxed and improves your comfort for even the most complex procedures.
Keep in mind that if you are receiving oral or IV sedation, you will need someone to drive you home after your appointment. For inhalation sedation (laughing gas), you will be able to drive yourself home since the nitrous oxide will leave your system within minutes.
If you’ve been administered laughing gas, it will wear off within minutes of the end of your procedure. You will be able to drive yourself home. If you’ve been given oral or IV sedation, you will wake up in our recovery room. Since oral and IV sedatives take a longer period to wear off, you will need to arrange a driver to take you home.
Once you’re home, relax! Your body needs time to recover, and although the effects of the drugs may be slow to wear off, it’s important to be gentle with yourself following a procedure. Your dentist or oral surgeon may advise that you refrain from eating or drinking for a set period of time, or that you avoid certain foods altogether.
If you choose sedation dentistry, looking over these steps will help you know what to expect for your appointment.
Most importantly, you can relax, knowing that you’ve found a way to be proactive about your dental health that also accommodates your physical and mental well-being.
Want to learn more about what you can expect if you choose dental sedation? Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about your options. At Boger Dental, we are told over and over that you notice the difference from the moment you walk through the doors of our dental office. We’ll take the time to understand your needs and wants, and to ensure that your experience will be nothing less.