Many people fear going to the dentist. In America, 9% to 15% of the population have dental phobia, according to Colgate. This usually stems from a bad experience with a dentist as a child. Fortunately, dentistry has come a long way in looking for ways to make any dental operation as painless and pleasant as possible. There are different sedation dentistry procedures that you can opt for to calm your nerves while a dentist in Las Vegas treats you.
Preparing for sedation dentistry
In this day and age, there is no reason for you not to seek the help of a compassionate dentist. You can get the best care possible by cooperating with the dentist. Make sure that you let him know the following:
- Medical conditions you are being treated on. Your dentist will need to know what prescribed medications you are currently taking.
- Over-the-counter drugs you took 72 hours prior including cold, headache or pain remedies, and vitamins.
- All food supplement you are taking. If you have been maintaining herbal supplements to ease depression and anxiety symptoms, your Vegas dentist will need to adjust the medicine and its dosage to reduce interactions.
- Food and drinks you consumed 8 hours prior to the operation. The standard operating procedure in the US requires patients to keep from eating anything for 8 hours before the operation. Foods have enzymes that may counteract the effects of the sedatives in the body. Grapefruit and grapefruit juice is specifically prohibited 72 hours before and after a sedation dentistry procedure.
Special dietary recommendations for children
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has specific recommendations regarding fasting in children before sedation:
|TYPE OF FOOD/LIQUID||MINIMUM FASTING PERIOD|
|Clear liquids||2 hours before sedation|
|Formula, non-human milk, and light meal||6 hours before sedation|
|Fried or fatty foods or meat||8 hours before sedation|
Finding a specialist for patients with dental anxiety
A properly trained and board certified dentist can help you get through a dental procedure without feeling any fear or anxiety. At Vegas Smiles, the resident dentist is an ADA (American Dental Association) and the AACD (American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry Association) member named Dr. William Gussow. He can do CEREC One Day Crowns, Laser Teeth Whitening, and Invisalign. He is a compassionate dentist in Vegas who specializes in the treatment of phobic patients. His assistants are in no way different. They are all highly trained, friendly, and accommodating. So if your tooth has been killing you for a while, visit Dr. Gussow now!