Dental sedation can help when you are undergoing treatment, but there are a few steps you'll need to take to prepare for your appointment. Our Delta BC dentists share their advice for patients on how to be well-prepared for their upcoming dental sedation appointment.
Before your dental sedation appointment, your dentist will assess your individual needs, including the procedure you're scheduled to have, and the type of sedation you require. You'll then be given specific instructions about how to prepare. Have any questions or concerns about your dental procedure? Please contact our dental office - the team at Ladner Village Dental are always eager to address your questions and ensure you are well-informed about your oral health and dental treatment.
These patient instructions apply to patients who are booked for either intravenous (IV) sedation or general anesthesia before treatment.
General Instructions for Dental Sedation Patients
Please carefully review the following instructions. At our office, your safety is always our number one priority! It may be helpful to print these instructions and keep them on hand as you prepare for your upcoming dental sedation appointment.
Restricting Food & Drink
Read the specific instructions your dentist provides. In most cases, the instructions will indicate you shouldn't eat or drink anything after midnight on the night prior to your dental appointment, including water. Need to take medications? Your dentist will probably advise you to take them as usual, but to only take a small sip of water to wash them down. In the interest of your safety, your appointment will need to be rescheduled if you do not follow these instructions precisely.
Appointment Day Guidelines
Have a responsible adult bring you to the appointment and drive you home after your procedure. It's not safe to drive after taking dental sedation.
If possible, leave your contact lenses at home. If you must wear them to your appointment, bring a case to store them in since you'll need to remove them before treatment.
If you wear dentures, they should also be left at home if possible. Wish to wear your dentures to your appointment? Bring a container along to store them in while your procedure is completed.
Need To Cancel?
Sometimes patients need to cancel appointments if they fall ill, or for other reasons. If this is the case for you, please let the dental office know as soon as possible. If you do not cancel in time for us to reschedule another patient in your spot, we lose two appointments: yours, and the one we may have been able to book in your place with enough notice. Allowing us time to reschedule someone else's appointment into your time slot means we can provide patients with the care they need as soon as possible.