I’m going in for an appointment with a sedation dentist. My hope is I can get four crowns and three fillings completed in one appointment. I know sedation allows you to get more done at once. However, I’m told the medicine makes you rather groggy. Do you think the dentist will allow me to wait in the office until the medicine wears off?
Generally, your first appointment with a sedation dentist is a consultation to go over your medical history and medications with the dentist so he or she can make sure none of them will interact with his sedation medication. It also gives the dentist the opportunity to go over with you what to expect from the medicine.
It’s true that sedation will allow you to get more work done in one sitting. Go over with the dentist exactly what you’re hoping to accomplish. I’m sure they’ll let you know what you can reasonably expect. Your dentist may even be able to fit all those crowns in one sitting, but they do take a while. The fillings will be a breeze.
Staying at the office won’t really be a good option. The medicine will make you groggy, but not just for a short time after your appointment. Most patients are groggy for the rest of the day. Your dentist likely will make sure you have someone to remain with you throughout the day before he starts the procedure. You will be unsteady on your feet so you’ll want to just curl up in a blanket and plan a day of binge-watching some shows on Netflix.
See if you have a trusted friend that won’t mind spending the day getting you something to drink and watching some shows with you.
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