Whether you choose to have sedation dentistry to help calm your anxiety and fear of the dental chair, or you’re having a major dental procedure, sedation dentistry comes with some restrictions. Dr. Ivey is most concerned with your overall health, so it is important that you are totally honest with him during your consultation. You should share your complete medical history with him and follow any instructions he gives prior to your appointment or procedure.
Health Concerns for Sedation Dentistry
If you are a patient preparing to have a procedure that requires sedation dentistry at Ivey Oral & Facial Surgery, any health conditions you have should be addressed prior to your surgery day. As stated above, it is vitally important that you share your entire medical history with Dr. Ivey during your consultation. This is the only way he will be able to know how to treat you and keep you safe during your procedure. Below are examples of two conditions that could cause complications during sedation dentistry.
- Asthma – This is one of the most challenging conditions when it comes to working with sedation dentistry. Having the ability to breathe properly during a procedure is paramount to the safety of our Aurora patients and the success of their procedure. Depending on how severe your asthma may be, Dr. Ivey and his team may require that you have a breathing treatment prior to your procedure.
- Diabetes – Dr. Ivey and his team know that diabetes is a carefully monitored and controlled medical condition, which is why he will have a detailed discussion about your specific case so that he can create a treatment plan to keep you safe during your procedure. Your insulin will likely need to be adjusted based on the dietary guidelines for sedation dentistry, and you will need to check your blood sugar level before your procedure in our Centennial office.
Other Restrictions to Know Before You Can Receive Sedation Dentistry
Most of the procedures done at Ivey Oral & Facial Surgery require IV sedation or general anesthesia. Therefore, there are a few important restrictions to point out that you must adhere to when preparing for your surgery day.
Dietary Restrictions: This is one of the most important aspects of receiving sedation dentistry. Dr. Ivey gives his Aurora patients dietary restrictions before their procedures, and it’s important that you comply. If you do not, it is likely your appointment will be rescheduled. This is because eating and drinking prior to receiving some forms of sedation can lead to serious complications during your procedure, such as aspiration and vomiting while you are under the effects of anesthesia.
Medicine Restrictions: Be sure to inform Dr. Ivey of any medications you are taking at the time of your procedure. Generally, Ivey Oral & Facial Surgery recommends that you take your prescribed dose prior to your procedure with a small amount of water. If you must take your medication with food, only do so with a small amount of applesauce. Dr. Ivey will decide if your prescription medication will pose a hazard to the sedation method he will use during your dental procedure and advise you as to whether you should take it the morning of your sedation dentistry appointment.
Smoking Restrictions: Not only does smoking have a negative effect on your overall health, but it can also have a negative impact during your dental procedure. Smoking restricts blood vessels, which can result in excessive bleeding at the surgical site. It can also mean a longer than normal healing time. Because Dr. Ivey’s top priority is your overall health and well-being, he requires you to stop smoking 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after your dental procedure.
Call Dr. Ivey at Ivey Oral & Facial Surgery with Any Questions
If you have questions about restrictions before you can receive sedation dentistry for your upcoming procedure, please call Dr. Ivey and his team at their office in the Aurora area today. They want you to be comfortable, safe, and well prepared for your dental procedure, and no question is insignificant. You can reach them at (303) 493-1933.