Dental work can make even those with nerves of steel a bit anxious. That is perhaps especially true when you are facing the possibility of sitting in a chair for hours while your teeth are being worked on. Luckily for everyone, technology and medical advancements have come a long way. There are now a number of options to help even the most concerned of patients make it through their procedures relatively stress free. Anesthesia is a great option to help you make it through your next procedure!
What is IV sedation?It is the administration of sedative medications through an IV which helps relax you for your procedure. Sedation can be administered as a conscious sedation or a general anesthesia. In general, patients tend to do very well with IV sedation as a form of anesthesia, and it has proven to be an invaluable tool to patient and doctor alike. With that said, there are some things you need to do to ensure that you are ready for sedation before your procedure.
Skip the Food and WaterWhile remaining hydrated and satiated is normally a good thing, when it comes to anesthesia, you do not want anything to interfere with the efficacy of the drug. That means that you should avoid eating or drinking anything within the eight hours that are prior to your appointment time. That includes water!
Don’t SmokeBefore your appointment is scheduled to begin, you shouldn’t smoke for at least 12 hours. This might not be a popular bit of instruction, but it is an important one to take heed of. Skip the Frills
While it might be tempting to dress nicely and do your hair and makeup for your appointments, the fact is that doing so before a dental procedure is a bit of extra effort that doesn’t need to be expended. In fact, if you are going to be under any form of sedation using anesthesia, you shouldn’t make the effort at all. Don’t wear makeup, including lipstick. Make sure that you remove your nail polish before the surgery is set to begin – your nail beds can offer valuable tips about your oxygen levels. Additionally, wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that will accommodate the IV as well as shoes that you won’t have trouble walking around in after the procedure has concluded. Remember that you might be a little wobbly, and take that into account when planning your outfit.
You also go ahead and remove any dentures or contact lenses as well as jewelry before the surgery begins. Keep it simple!
Find a DriverYou will not be allowed to drive right after you have recovered from anesthesia, which means that you will need to find someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
At Canyon Oral & Facial Surgery, we want to make you feel as comfortable as possible to help make your experience a great one. Contact us today at Centennial Hills: (702) 660-5574, Summerlin: (702) 660-5576 for an appointment!