I’m a little worried. I have a dental procedure coming up where my dentist says I need to have sedation. I’ve got many health issues and walk with two canes. I also have trouble seeing. I don’t think any of that will be a problem. The big issue is I can’t always control all my muscles and as a result sometimes suffer incontinence. I’m terrified I’ll have an accident during the procedure. The idea of telling my dentist about this is humiliating, but I have a feeling I’m going to need to. Unless you tell me that I’m not a candidate for sedation and I can tell my dentist I can’t do it.
You should still be a candidate for dental sedation. However, you’ll need some precautions. The first thing to do is talk to your dentist. I can assure you he’s heard much more embarrassing situations from patients, though I do understand how you feel. He’ll also need to go over with you what medications you’re taking to ensure he doesn’t give you something which will interfere.
He may have specific things he requests but one of my suggestions would be to have a trusted family member or friend stay with you throughout the procedure. The sedation makes you groggy and a bit unsteady on your feet. You’ll want someone you’re comfortable with to help you to the restroom if you need to go during the procedure. You’ll be able to tell if you need to go, even with the sedation.
It’s always a condition of dental sedation that you have someone to drive you to and from your appointment as well as staying with you throughout the day at your home until you are lucid. The only thing you’ll need to add is to have them come into the operatory with you.
Making Your Experience with Dental Sedation Easier
I wouldn’t use your canes. You won’t be steady enough. Your dental office should have a wheelchair to get you to and from your car. I’m certain you’ll qualify for one, even if it’s just temporarily, to use at your home if it’s large enough you’ll need one.
Have a comfy area prepared ahead of time, with things nearby you may need. You can have it on your couch with pillows, a blanket, some favorite movies and books, or even a Netflix binge. Most patients sleep for a while when they get home, but having those things handy for when you wake up is helpful.
Dental Sedation Changes Lives
Many patients with dental anxieties have found they are finally able to get the dental care they’ve always needed (and even wanted). Additionally, because it enables both the patient and the dentist to get more work done in one sitting, they’re able to get caught up more quickly.
It’s possible to do several crowns and fillings, as well as an extraction in just one appointment.
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