You requested sedation to help you cope with some dental anxiety. But it is ironic that you might be nervous about being partially sedated in a dental chair for the first time. With a little preparation, however, you’ll have nothing to worry about!
Know Your Risks
Sedation of any kind at any time does have some inherent risks. It’s essential that you keep your dentist fully informed of all of your medical details. Having certain allergies or taking certain medications can affect the way dental sedation affects you.
Your dentist will take the time to review with you all risks and benefits associated with a procedure such as sedation. With open communication, everyone can plan for a safe appointment!
Bring a Friend
You should never plan to drive yourself while you have a sedative in your system. If you take the medication at the office, make sure that you have a reliable companion ready to drive you home.
Take Some Time Off
Some dental procedures allow you to head right back to the office before lunch break is over. But you shouldn’t force the matter if you’ve had some sedation. It’s okay to rest a bit before returning to work! It may not even be safe for you to travel on your own.
Review Instructions Carefully
Don’t take lightly the instructions your dentist will give you prior to your appointment! If your sedation is an oral medication, then you need to take the prescribed dose when the doctor says to. This will allow your dentist to get your procedure done on time and successfully deal with any unexpected changes.
Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
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