Most dental procedures typically only require a local anesthetic, but there are certain instances and patient situations which will call for the use of sedation. We will help you determine if undergoing your dental procedure with sedation is the right option for you. Prior to any sedation appointments, we will thoroughly answer your questions and review the following instructions for you to follow:
Instructions to know before Sedation Dentistry
- A thorough medical history, including past or present illness, allergy, and medications taken must be reported.
- No food or drink may be taken within six (6) hours of the appointment time, and the previous meal should be light and easily digestible.
- No tight clothing should be worn; short sleeves are preferred.
- Arrangements must be made for the patient to be accompanied by a responsible friend or relative following the sedation.
- Take any normal medications as prescribed with a small sip of water.
- Start taking Peridex rinse (chlorhexidine) and antibiotic prescriptions two (2) days prior to surgery date, if indicated.
Before you give your permission for the administration of intravenous sedation, you should understand there are certain associated risks.
The common risks are (but not limited to):
- Drug reactions and side affects
- Bruising and/or vein inflammation at the site of administration of intravenous medications, which may require further treatment.
- Allergic reactions to medications