Before the Appointment

Essential Preparations You Need to Make

The entire process begins at your initial examination when you discuss your fears, anxieties, or other concerns that make receiving dental care a particular challenge.  Once Dr. Denes has determined that you have no pre-existing conditions that would prevent you from qualifying for oral sedation, you will schedule your appointment. Tasks you need to accomplish prior to the appointment include:

  • Arranging for reliable transportation. The medication used in oral conscious sedation will render you unable to safely operate a car. You will need to make sure a trusted friend or family member can accompany you to and from your appointment. If you use public transportation, you will still need someone with you to ensure you make it home safely. Your escort should also be willing to stay with you for a few hours, or until the medication has worn off.
  • Gather a few items to “reward” yourself after the appointment. You will feel groggy and uninterested in performing any involved or challenging tasks after your appointment. Take this time to relax with a new magazine, book, or movie. Have your reward set out on your counter or coffee table for easy access when you get home.
  • Based on Dr. Denes’ instructions, you will want to restrict your diet to soft, mildly flavored foods after your appointment. Buy a few items, such as ice cream or a broth-based soup, that will be easy to prepare and help you feel nourished.

What to Eat the Day Before Sedation Dentistry

The day before your appointment, you don’t need to severely restrict your diet, although avoiding certain foods will help you feel better and more able to relax. Avoid foods that are fried or are high in fat, sugar, or salt. Fast food would not be a good food choice the day prior. You will also want to avoid heavy, tomato-based item like pasta sauce, chili, spicy foods, or anything that may trigger a sour stomach, indigestion, or acid reflux. A light dinner consisting of a green salad, lean protein prepared without much oil or butter, and plain rice or bread will give you the nutrients you need and set you up for a successful appointment.

Taking Your First Dose

You can plan on taking your first dose of oral sedation the evening before your appointment. The specific time will depend in part on your daily routine but, in general, you want to take the medication about an hour before bedtime. You will not be able to eat anything after you have taken your pill but, in most cases, you will feel so relaxed and serene that you will likely just feel like going to bed and getting a good night’s rest.

Afraid of the Dentist? We Can Change That.

Using safe, effective sedation dentistry, Fresno general dentist Dr. Alex Denes can calm even the most fearful or nervous patients, so they are able to move forward with preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental care. If you or someone you love is afraid of the dentist, contact our Fresno dentist office at (559) 297-1800 to schedule an appointment. Fresno Dental Studio proudly serves patients in Fresno and surrounding areas including Clovis, Madera, and Sanger.