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DEALING WITH DENTAL ANXIETY AND FEARS
Heights, public speaking, clowns, small spaces, and the dentist. These are a few of the biggest fears Americans have. Although we may not be able to help you with most of these, our team at DentalWorks – Crystal Lake is able to help you conquer your fear of going to the dentist. Maybe a negative experience with a procedure or dentist has kept you from returning for oral health exams and cleanings. No matter what has been keeping you from scheduling regular appointments with a dentist in Crystal Lake, IL to prevent or treat problems, sedation dentistry could be a good option. This post discusses the main sedation dentistry options, how candidates are screened, plus what to expect.
OPTIONS IN SEDATION AT THE DENTIST’S OFFICE
The majority of dental practices in Crystal Lake, IL use three methods for sedation — oral-conscious medication, nitrous oxide gas, and IV (intravenous) sedation. One or two methods might be suggested according to what treatment you are getting and your level of anxiety. Local anesthesia might also be added to numb the soft tissue around the treatment area.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR SEDATION?
Prior to administering sedation, your dentist will schedule a consultation to choose what method of sedation is safe and fits your needs. You should talk to your dental team regarding your medical history, if you have or had a serious medical condition, if you have any allergies, and medications you take (this includes medications prescribed by a doctor, in addition to store-bought vitamins, supplements, and herbs). It is imperative to be honest and open to avoid interactions and side effects. In this appointment, your dentist will give you their sedation recommendations and, if you’re approved, what you need to do prior to and following your sedation. Typically, pregnant women should put off sedation and procedures.
PREPARING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
To reduce your risk of common side effects, like nausea, it is recommended that you eat a small meal before taking your oral-conscious medication or getting nitrous-oxide gas at your appointment. If you are getting IV sedation, you might be told to fast for a few hours prior to your appointment. Your dental team will explain your pre-sedation rules; however, if you’re receiving IV or oral-conscious sedation, you will likely need to have responsible adult bring you to the office because you won’t be able to drive.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER SEDATION
It’s possible you will recover easily or you might take longer based on the method of sedation administered. Your dental team should review what will happen, such as potential side effects and any food restrictions. How fast you recover will also vary depending on what treatment or procedure was performed (a cleaning probably won’t slow your recovery; however, oral surgery will add some time). You need to follow your dentist’s recommendations and look for symptoms of an infection or allergic reaction.
GET MORE INFORMATION ON DENTAL SEDATION
This article is just a basic overview of sedation dentistry, contact a dentist’s office in Crystal Lake, IL to schedule an appointment. At DentalWorks – Crystal Lake, we carefully screen patients to see if they are able to safely get sedation in their consultative appointment. Your team will let you know what will happen throughout the whole process to help you feel comfortable. Our team strives to make your appointments a good experience so eventually, you can get twice yearly cleanings and dental check-ups without anxiety or fear. Reach out to our office in Crystal Lake, IL to schedule a consultation and get more information about dental sedation.