Dental Patients

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Dental Patients,

    Does the idea of a dentist appointment cause you to be anxious? Do you crave the healthy beautiful smile you deserve but loathe the dentist office? People avoid dentists for many reasons, anxiety, phobia, panic disorders, special needs or just hard to numb with local anesthetics. Dental anxiety and phobias are very common, fears associated with needle sticks, inability to remain still for a period of time or just the shrieking sound of the drill, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

   IV sedation provides a safe, pleasant, cost and time efficient solution. It allows for a calm, relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure. During the procedure you are drowsy but not unconscious and able to respond to questions or directions. After the sedation is stopped you awaken quickly. IV sedation allows you  to tolerate lengthy procedures at one visit rather than multiple, this equals to time and cost savings.

   IV sedation is preferred by physicians due to the ability to adjust the flow of sedation quickly and easily. Oral sedation is unpredictable because of the variable onset and length of sedation. Most people react very differently to medication, you may require more or less. The onset can take as long as an hour or you may require a higher dose to achieve the full sedative effect, this equals to time wasted and increase cost.

   You will benefit from the sedation in many ways and more importantly allows your dental provider to focus on optimizing your dental procedure.

Sincerely,

Your crew at Preferred Sleep Anesthesia

 

 

 

 

What to expect prior to and day of surgery:

A pre-operative Registered Nurse or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) will call you one to two days before the scheduled procedure. She/he will ask questions regarding your health history, medications, and previous surgeries. Have a current medication list with doses ready to review. They will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding the sedation. The dental office will provide you with the time of arrival for the procedure.

 

Anesthesia Instructions

 

  • You may not have anything to eat or drink (including water) for eight (8) hours prior to the appointment. This includes gum or mints.

  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery. Ideally, cut down or stop smoking as soon as possible prior to the day of surgery.

  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home.

  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the anesthesia experience.

  • Please wear loose fitting clothing with sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow, and low-heeled shoes.

  • Contact lenses, glasses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.

  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.

  • If you take routine oral medications, please check with the office prior to your surgical date for instructions.