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Helpful Tips to Prepare You for an Upcoming IV Sedation Dental Appointment

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When you need dental work with surgery, it is best to make your appointment as comfortable as possible for yourself, which you can achieve with IV sedation dentistry. Talk to your dentist about adding this option to your procedure, but also make sure you prepare properly before your appointment. Here are some recommendations to help you have a successful IV sedation dentistry appointment.

Prepare for the Appointment

The days leading up to your appointment will provide you with some time to prepare for your IV sedation dental work. You want your body to be as healthy as possible, so if you are feeling under the weather with any illness, call your dentist and reschedule your appointment for another time when you are well. The health of your body will promote a good IV sedation treatment and proper healing afterward. When your body is worn down with illness, you may not have the most optimal response to your body's recovery.

You should also consider your personal health habits and make some healthy changes where you can. For example, if you smoke tobacco, it is best to avoid smoking several days before your IV sedation appointment. This will help maximize your body's breathing to get the right amount of oxygen through your blood and body during the sedation. Also, avoid drinking alcohol for at least one day before. 

Avoid eating and drinking anything through the night and the morning of your IV sedation appointment, so you don't have any trouble with nausea from the sedation. Find out from your dentist if you will need any antibiotics before the appointment, which you will need to take prior to your appointment to help with healing and to avoid infections afterward.

Arrive at Your Appointment Prepared

Along with preparing your health and physical body for the appointment, make sure you wear comfortable clothing. Wear clothing that is loose and not restrictive so you can remain comfortable and relaxed through your sedation procedure. Wear a shirt with short sleeves so your dentist can administer the IV sedation properly. Wear shoes that stay on your feet, because it is helpful in your walking and stability when you leave after your appointment.

Make sure you also bring someone who will be available to drive you home after your appointment. Sedation can leave you feeling drowsy and dizzy, and it is recommended that you avoid driving a vehicle for a day. Your driver can also make sure you get safely out to your vehicle and into your home when you arrive.

If you have any other questions about IV sedation dentistry, contact a dentist's office near you. 


12 January 2022