3 Things To Tell Your Dentist Prior To Sedation


If you're facing oral surgery in the future, you may be offered the option of sedation dentistry. You will be awake and conscious throughout your dental procedure if you choose to undergo minimal or moderate sedation. Conversely, if you and your dentist decide that deep sedation or general anesthesia is best for you, you will not be aware of your surroundings, nor will you remember anything about your surgery. Here are three things to tell your dentist prior to your sedation to help ensure a smooth transition from inception to recovery:

Consumption Of Herbal Or Dietary Supplements

When you fill out your pre-operative medical history form, you will be asked to list all the medications you take. While most people will document their consumption of both over-the-counter and prescription medications, some may fail to disclose their intake of dietary and herbal supplements.

Certain supplements can enhance the effects of anesthesia, which may make it more difficult for you to fully regain consciousness after your surgery. These supplements include valerian and magnesium, and while they don't require a prescription, you need to tell your oral surgeon if you them. 

Past History Of Anxiety/Panic Attacks

Although sedation dentistry is used to help reduce fear and anxiety, it may actually increase these symptoms in people susceptible to anxiety and panic attacks. Increased anxiety, fear, and panic attacks generally occur when waking up from sedation anesthesia, so when you inform your dentist of your propensity to these conditions, the staff can be fully prepared to help calm and console you should you become fearful upon awakening. 

Recent Ear Infection Or Ruptured Eardrum

If you've recently recovered from recent cold, ear infection, or ruptured eardrum, write it down on your medical history form or tell your dentist. While these conditions will probably have little bearing on the effects of the sedatives themselves, having ear or Eustachian tube problems can result in dizziness or vertigo when you come out of your sedated state.

The combination of lying flat, the effects of the sedation medication, and preexisting ear congestion may make you feel as though the room is spinning as you become more awake. You may also feel nauseous, and may even throw up. Should you start feeling sick, the dental staff will apply cool compresses to your forehead and may offer you cool liquids, ice chips, and crackers to help you feel better before returning home. 

Prior to your surgery, inform the dental team if any of the above situations pertain to you. The more they know, the better equipped they will be to take care of you before, during, and after your procedure. This way, you are less likely to experience complications when you return home. 

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During pregnancy, expectant mothers have to deal with a host of changes to their bodies. I was surprised to learn that part of those changes is to your dental health. I was not aware that hormonal changes could mean an increased risk of gum infection and other dental problems. Luckily for me, my dentist was prepared to handle any problems that I experienced during my pregnancy. I created this blog to help other expectant mothers understand the changes that their dental health could experience throughout their pregnancies and the possible ramifications those changes could have on their pregnancies and the health of their unborn children.

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