My mother needs a crown, but she’s afraid to go to the dentist to get it. I’m thinking dental sedation might be a good idea for her, but she uses a walker and has some incontinence issues. Is this a valid option for her? I don’t want to suggest it and get her hopes up if it’s not really possible. What are your experiences with this?
It’s great that you are looking out for your mother. It’s also great that you’re compassionate of her special considerations. Sedation dentistry is still a possibility for her with some planning. First, you’ll need to have a consultation with her sedation dentist. When you have that appointment, make sure to bring all of her medications. This way the dentist is sure not to use any medication which will interfere with what she already is taking.
While there, let him know about her mobility and incontinence issues. This way he’ll know to expect you in the operatory with her. You’ll need to be available for the day. First, to help her to the restroom should it become necessary and second to help her during her recovery time. It normally takes a few hours after the procedure for her to become lucid again.
Using her walker is not advised while she’s under the influence of sedation. Your dental office will have a wheelchair on hand to get her to and from the car. However, you’ll want to arrange to have one for her home at least just for that day.
Avoiding Dental Emergencies
While her tooth only needs a dental crown at the moment, the decay will spread. It is much better both for her and her budget to get this cared for sooner rather than later.
If it gets to the pulp of her tooth it will turn into a dental emergency. Then, she’ll be in a lot of pain and need a root canal treatment in addition to the crown.
Best of luck to both of you.
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