There are some dental procedures that can cause a lot of pain and make you extremely nervous. For these procedures, sedation dentistry may be recommended. It can alleviate pain and put you in a calm state, making you more receptive to the treatment being performed. If you've never worked with a sedation dentist before, you'll want to utilize these tips.
Be Vocal During Treatment
The great thing about sedation treatments today is a lot of them keep you conscious. You need to take advantage of the ability to be conscious during your dental procedure by being vocal with your dentist.
Tell them exactly how you're feeling periodically throughout the treatment. This way, if you're feeling slight or even moderate pain, you can tell your dentist and they'll adjust your sedation dose accordingly. You won't have to be in any unnecessary pain and your dentist can make sure you're completely comfortable all the way through.
Choose a Sedation Method
Sedation dentistry has evolved over the past decade, now giving you access to several different sedation methods. These include oral sedation, inhalation conscious sedation, and IV conscious sedation. Oral sedation, as its name implies, is administered via the mouth. You thus don't have to worry about getting stuck with any needles. In the matter of minutes, you'll feel the effects.
Inhalation conscious sedation is probably one of the most common sedation methods, which has you inhale nitrous oxide. It works particularly well for anxiety. IV conscious sedation is where sedatives are placed directly into your bloodstream, for fast-acting results.
Find a Ride Home
After you're given some form of sedation and your dental procedure is completed, you'll probably still feel the effects of the sedation. For example, you may be groggy and slightly unaware of your surroundings.
These effects are perfectly normal, but they can put you at risk should you choose to drive on the road. For this reason, you'll want to find a ride home post-treatment. See if one of your family members or friends wouldn't mind taking you home after your appointment. This way, you don't have to put yourself or any other people in harm's way.
Sedation dentistry has revolutionized the way so many dental procedures are performed. If you're going to be working with a sedation dentist, make sure you follow the necessary protocol. Then, you shouldn't run into any unforeseen challenges before, during, and after your dental treatment.