What to Let your Anesthesiologist Know Before Having Dental Sedation?

Here at Epione Dental Anesthesiology, we understand that not all people are keen in visiting the dentist. In fact, there’s a word for it — dentophobia or odontophobia. Dental fears vary; it could be the dental tools, the ominous-looking mask of the dentist, or the hissing sound of the suction apparatus. The good news is that advances in dentistry have made it possible for patients to undergo sedation for an anxiety-free dental experience.

While we will do everything we can to make sure that you are comfortable during your sedation, we also encourage you to do your part to ensure success and safety of the procedure. One of the things you will have to do is to include full disclosure of the following:

-past and present medical conditions that you are treated for

-past and present medications you’re taking, including over-the-counter medications, herbal remedies, and alternative supplements

-smoking habits

-alcohol consumption

-any special preferences in your diet and/or recent food consumption; one excellent example is the seemingly harmless grapefruit. It has been found out that certain enzymes in grapefruit can interfere with your body’s ability to break down enzymes in certain oral sedatives

To get past your dental anxiety try:

-Talk to us about your fears.

-Have some distractions like reading a good book while waiting for your turn or listening to your favorite podcast.

-Let us know if you need a break in between procedures. We can come up with a dental plan that incorporates breaks or hand signals if you want to say something during the procedure.

Please contact Dr. Jana Sabo at 1-855-900-2637 for additional information regarding dental sedation and anesthesia at Epione Dental Anesthesiology