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Sedation Dentistry: Tips for First Timers

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may have heard that sedation dentistry is a way to help you face your fears and receive proper dental care. Many first timers are a bit skeptical about the effects of sedation dentistry, but those who have tried it claim that it really does work as advertised, especially if a dentist uses IV sedation.

Of course, sedation dentistry can be a doozy for unprepared people going through the procedure for the very first time. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you prepare for your first sedation dentistry appointment:

Find someone to drive for you

Once the IV is removed, you may still experience the effects of the sedative for a few hours. Obviously, this impairment makes operating a vehicle a dangerous idea. Ask a friend or family member to drive you home after your procedure. You may also want them to stay with you for a few hours in case you need anything else.

Follow fasting guidelines seriously

The sedative your dentist will use is personalized to your situation, which is why your dentist will ask you questions regarding your blood pressure, allergy history, etc. Additionally, you will be asked to fast at least eight hours before your procedure starts to avoid accidental vomiting.


March 30, 2015 Posted by | Sedation Dentistry | , , | Leave a comment

Manage Dental Anxiety with Your Dentist’s Help

BackMountainDentalDealing with your anxiety of visiting the dentist can be difficult, but there are several ways to do so. First, you should openly communicate your fears with the dental team, and let them know about any bad experience you might have experienced in the past. This will give the dentist and the dental team an idea on how to make you feel at ease.

Second, for some people, dental fear or anxiety may be too severe that pharmacologic management or sedatives are needed. Among the types of sedation available for dental treatments, experts say intravenous or IV sedation works best in most scenarios. A sedation dentist can fully explain the procedure and its benefits. Continue reading

October 12, 2014 Posted by | Back Mountain Dental, General Dentistry, Sedation Dentistry | , , , , | Leave a comment