Dental phobia is real. One way to get through it and get necessary dental work is with a sedation dentist. Here are some tips about sedation dentistry from the National Health Service of the United Kingdom.
Patients are knocked out with intravenous anesthetic. Contact your general physician to see if you are a good candidate for intravenous anesthetic. Pregnant women need to avoid sedation dentistry. Choose a day when no work or school commitments need doing. Sedation makes people unable to make good decisions.
Preparing for Sedation Dentistry
Patients will be too groggy to drive. They need to get someone to drive them to and from the sedation dentist’s office. Eat lightly at least one hour before. Wear light clothes with short sleeves or sleeves that can be easily rolled up. Remove all nail paint and false nails. Give the dentist a list of your medications. The dentist will advise which drugs can be taken as usual and which ones need to be stopped. Avoid all recreational drugs, including tobacco and alcohol for two days before the procedure. Hire a babysitter for the whole day. Nursing women should wait 12 hours before their breast milk is safe for babies.