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Questions You Need to Ask Before Getting Sedated

Posted by CENTER FOR ADVANCED DENTISTRY Jul 27, 2022

While sedation dentistry in San Jose is generally safe and reliable, having dental work done could still make you feel anxious or uneasy. To feel calm and confident before your procedure, you can always ask your dentist questions to ease your anxiety. Talking to your dentist before your scheduled operation can do more than relax you during your dental appointment.  

So, what questions can you ask your dentist before getting sedated for your operation? Generally, you can ask any sedation-related questions or after-care inquiries to your dentist to inform you of your options. To help you prepare for your appointment, we've compiled a list of queries you can ask your dentist before you go.  

Ask Your Sedation Dentist These Questions  

What Sedation Levels Do You Offer?  

The level of sedation appropriate for you will depend on your tolerance for pain and the type of surgery you'll need. Most dental offices offer three levels of sedation: minimum anesthetic, moderate sedation, and deep sedation. While nitrous oxide is frequently used to provide little anesthesia through a gas mask, medications given orally or intravenously are used to achieve significant drowsiness. Patients who want to sleep through a lengthy or complicated surgery can get deep sedation via IV.  

What Pain Relief Options Do I Have?  

During the process, your dentist uses various techniques and drugs to reduce your anxiety and pain. Most offices provide IV sedation, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide sedation. These techniques have a place in sedation dentistry, but the optimum option will depend on your medical history and general condition.  

How Can My Dentist Ensure My Safety?  

Your dental care practitioner has studied enough to know what sedative or level of sedation is suitable for your operation. To help them consider your safety, you must alert them of any medications you are taking before your scheduled appointment. This way, they can accommodate your circumstances and modify their usual sedation protocol.    

What Type of Sedation Do You Offer?  

Traditionally, there are three types of sedatives used in dentistry: oral sedation, laughing gas, and IV sedation. Depending on the type of operation that you'll be receiving, your dentist will offer one or more of these options for you to decide. Ask your dentist what type of sedation best suits your situation before going through your operation.  

Will I Be Awake or Asleep During the Operation?  

Most patients often ask one common question: whether they would be asleep or awake during the dental procedure. While this question can be answered depending on the type of dental procedure you'll be going through; you can still ask your dentist to be sure. Ask your dentist before your appointment to ease your fear and anxiety.  

Are You Interested in Sedation Dentistry in San Jose?

Here at the Center for Advanced Dentistry, we provide safe and reliable sedation practices to help you relax during your operation. You can rely on us to walk you through your options to reduce your anxiety and get the care you deserve. To schedule an appointment, call our office today.

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