Many people feel uneasy at the thought of visiting a dentist. Most of them have an idea that the procedures done by dentists are painful and also feel a bit embarrassed to show the dentist their oral condition. But with the advancement of medical technology, dental surgeons now use very easy methods to sedate their patients before performing dentistry on them. One question many patients will have is “What steps do I need to take to prepare for my sedation dentistry visit?”
Firstly you should discuss with your dentist what type of sedation you will be given. There are many forms of sedation dentistry including inhalation sedation, oral sedation, and IV (intravenous) sedation. It is important to understand that sedation is not only about putting you to sleep, but is only a part of the entire process. Methods used for sedation dentistry only make you feel drowsy, unlike general anesthesia, used to place patients in a deep sleep and having side effects lasting for hours after surgery. You should talk to your dentist about any concerns and fears you have during consultation.
You should to prepare yourself mentally as well as physically before you walk in for sedation. You should relax yourself and have a good night’s sleep.
There is nothing to fear in sedation dentistry. You will not feel any pain during the procedure. The important thing to do is to select the right dentist. You should see what experience a dentist has in this type of dentistry and approximately how many procedures he has performed up to now. You should not be afraid to ask your dentist questions about the areas you have doubts about and how you should prepare for the procedure.
Dr. VanderMolen is the sedation dentist you can trust for all your dental needs. If you are anxious or fearful of the dentist, sedation dentistry could be the best option for you. For more information about this and all our other services, contact our office at (217) 546-3333. We look forward to working for you!