Eliminate Dental Anxiety
For many people, going to the dentist is something they avoid unless they have an extremely urgent reason to go. Some of these people have developed dental phobia or dental anxiety due to various reasons including painful dentist visits or embarrassment of how their teeth look.
We offer sedation dentistry to these people with dental anxiety or phobias, so they can visit the dentist again without any worries. Sedation dentistry helps to keep patients relaxed during their appointment, allowing them to receive the dental care they need.
A common form of sedation dentistry that we offer in our office is IV sedation. We administer IV sedation through your veins so it can quickly relax you. You will be safely monitored by Dr. Klym while you’re sedated. Although you’ll be awake during the procedure, IV sedation causes you to forget what happened. This is beneficial for anyone who finds dental procedures traumatizing.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
Aside from treating dental anxiety, sedation dentistry is beneficial for patients who have other conditions or fears as well.
Sedation dentistry can help people who have:
- Gag reflex — some people can’t handle objects going in their mouths
- Sensitive teeth or gums — these people feel pain or discomfort when they feel the dental tools around their teeth or gums
- Difficulty sitting still for long periods of time — some dental procedures can be lengthy
- Undergoing multiple or complex procedures — anyone who may need to have several treatments completed at once can benefit from sedation
Dr. Klym Is Here To Help
Visiting the dentist regularly and receiving any necessary procedures is an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. While you can manage your oral health at home, the dentist is able to notice issues and treat them before they become more serious health problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I eat before dental sedation?
No– In addition to following any pre-op recommendations by Dr. Klym, it’s crucial to avoid eating or drinking for six hours prior to sedation. However, you may have water up to two hours before your appointment.
When you’re sedated, your reflexes are suppressed and if you have food or beverages in your stomach and become nauseous, you’re more likely to vomit and aspirate. If you eat or drink prior to sedation, your procedure will be canceled.
What are some ways I can deal with dental anxiety?
We understand that going to the dentist can be stressful for some patients. In the days leading up to your appointment, and the day of, there are some things you can do to decrease the anxiety you experience about going to the dentist. These include:
- Take slow, regular breaths— avoid holding your breath
- Listen to music if the sound of drilling bothers you
- Avoid caffeine
- Use hand signals if you experience discomfort
- Choose a time that doesn’t require you to rush to your appointment
- Trust your dentist or ask around for recommendations
If you have dental anxiety, tell Dr. Klym and he’ll educate you about dental sedation techniques. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable throughout your treatment. To learn more about how dental sedation can benefit your treatment, contact our office by calling (231) 774-6819 and a helpful team member will be happy to answer any questions.
Are there any aftercare guidelines following dental sedation?
After IV sedation, it’s normal to feel drowsy and you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure a safe and speedy recovery, including:
- Take it easy — Don’t participate in activities that put you at risk for injury. You’ll be less coordinated and you might be off-balance
- Continue to move around — This will help your body metabolize the medication
- Drink water — You may be dehydrated following the procedure and water will help flush out the medicine
- Avoid foods that might upset your stomach because sedation can cause nausea
- Avoid alcohol and unapproved medications
- Avoid operating heavy machinery
- Refrain from making any major life decisions
If you have any concerns, call our Petoskey office at (231) 774-6819 and we’ll be here for you.