How sedation dentistry works
On the day of your sedation dentistry appointment, you may have some preparation depending on the type of sedation which has been recommended for you.
You will meet with your dentist in advance of the sedation dentistry appointment. At that consultation, you will have a detailed conversation outlining the treatment to be completed and what to expect, along with what is required from you on and after your appointment,
If you and your dentist have selected to use nitrous oxide, you have to do nothing prior to your appointment besides having a responsible person accompany you. The dentist will administer the nitrous oxide before, during, and after your procedure.
If you are taking an oral sedative, your dentist will provide you with the necessary medication at the beginning of your appointment. You will need to present to your appointment without having consumed food or beverage. Ensure that you follow your dentist’s instructions carefully both before and after your appointment to ensure a successful visit. You will require someone to drive you to and from your sedation dentistry appointment, and remain with you for 24 hours after the procedure.
You and your dentist may decide that you need IV sedation. You will have to discuss your medical history and any reactions to anesthesia in the past. You will not be able to eat or drink anything for a prescribed amount of time before your appointment. You will require a responsible person to drive you home afterward.
Sedation dentistry vs. sleep dentistry
Sedation dentistry is when your dentist uses sedatives to make your procedure more comfortable and anxiety-free for you. If your dentist mentions sleep dentistry, they are likely referring to the use of general anesthesia, which will make you unconscious during the procedure.