Sedation dentistry has made it possible for many people to undergo dental treatments that they would have otherwise done everything to avoid. Instead of having to go through many trips to the dentist to get old dental issues repaired, you can have it all done in one procedure. Here, you'll find a few tips to help you prepare for sedation dentistry and make the experience even easier than it already is.
Recruit a Driver for the Day
There is no way that you'll be able to drive yourself home after sedation dentistry, so find someone that has a few hours to spare that can help you get to and from the appointment. They will have to remain in the office or within a short distance of the office during the procedure. After the dentist has finished his or her work, you'll be moved to a recovery area where you'll sleep off the rest of the medication and begin to wake up – this can be very disorienting, so your person will be in the recovery room waiting for you to awake. This person will then take you home and make sure that you're settled snuggly in your bed for the following few hours.
Have Meds Pre-Ordered
Talk with the dentist to find out if he or she can pre-order the medication to be picked up prior to your appointment. Some dental practices have no issue pre-ordering prescriptions, but others prefer to wait to ensure that you show up for the appointment before writing a prescription out for pain meds.
If the dentist won't pre-order the pain medication prescription, you may still be able to get the antibiotics ahead of time – then, while you're sleeping off your surgery, a friend or loved one can make a trip out to get your pain meds before you even need them.
Plan for a Soft Diet
No matter what kind of work you're having done while you're sedated, you're going to need a soft diet for the next few days. Even when there haven't been extractions, dental work of any kind can leave your mouth feeling tender and some dental implants and treatments require a few days to heal before you can go crunching on your favorite chips.
Talk with your local sedation dentistry professional to learn more about how this process can change your life while you nap. Hopefully, the above tips will help you get through it with as few hiccups as possible.