How to Prepare for a Trip to the Sedation Dentist

Whether you feel particularly nervous about a trip to your dentist or have a serious dental need, such as a deep cavity filling that requires anesthesia, an Oklahoma City sedation dentist can help you to fully relax throughout the procedure. In order to get the most out of your experience, it is important to prepare for your appointment.

Before IV Sedation

Some of the top tips prior to undergoing IV sedation include the following:


  • Do not eat or drink six to eight hours prior to the appointment. Your dentist can advise you on exactly how far in advance you should stop eating food or drinking anything, including water.
  • Do not smoke at least 12 hours prior to surgery.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up past the elbow.
  • Remove any contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures beforehand.
  • Do not wear excessive makeup or nail polish on the day of the procedure.
  • Inform your doctor of any medications you may be taking, as well as any health concerns or issues, even those as small as a sore throat.
  • Get a restful night’s sleep the night before so that you are well rested on the day of your appointment.

After IV Sedation

After the procedure, it is important to do the following:


  • Make sure to have someone who can drive you to and from the appointment.
  • Do not operate any machinery or drive a vehicle for at least 24 hours following the procedure.
  • Drink plenty of water after the procedure.

Speak with Your Dentist

While most people associate sedation dentistry with a cosmetic dental office, your local general, family, or pediatric dentist may also offer these services. It is also typically safe for patients of all ages and can help any patient to receive the quality dental care they need without having to deal with their fear of the dentist.

Call to schedule an initial consultation with your Oklahoma City sedation dentist of choice. They can provide you with more information on what to expect and how to better prepare for your appointment.

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  1. Which reminds me, I have to visit the dentist soon. :)

  2. Those who find dental procedures scary should really seek the help of a sedation dentist to help them calm down. That should make things easier for both the patient and the dentist performing the procedure.

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