Female Patient Sedated During Oral SurgeryFor many dental patients, oral surgery is the first type of surgery they’ve ever had. As such, they are understandably curious, and sometimes nervous, about the process.

One of the most common questions Dr. Chang is asked by his Belmont oral surgery patients is whether or not they will be put to sleep during their procedure. This may be because the patient is nervous about the procedure and wants to make sure he or she has no memory of it. Or, for a patient who’s never received IV sedation before, the idea of being put to sleep might make them more anxious than the thought of undergoing their procedure while awake!

Opting for Sedation Dentistry is Entirely Your Choice

In the dental world, we call being put to sleep for a dental procedure, “sedation dentistry.” It’s a common practice in which a trained practitioner, like Dr. Chang, uses sedating medication through an IV that results in putting you asleep for your procedure, so that you won’t be conscious during it, and won’t have any memory of your procedure afterward.

At Belmont’s Dental Restorative Group, choosing sedation dentistry for your upcoming dental surgery is entirely your choice. We don’t force anybody to be put under, but at the same time, so long as you’re healthy and haven’t had a bad reaction to being sedated in the past, we don’t deny anyone the option either.

Why Some Patients Choose Sedation Dentistry

Some of our Belmont oral surgery patients choose to be sedated for their procedures. There are a variety of reasons why they may do so, including:

  • Being nervous about the oral surgery
  • Not wanting to endure the length of the procedure while awake
  • Not wanting to have to consciously keep their mouth open for their entire procedure

Dr. Chang is happy to provide sedation dentistry to these patients.

However, keep in mind that if you opt to be put under for your dental procedure, you’ll have certain restrictions will be placed on your, including:

  • You won’t be able to eat or drink anything for at least 12 hours before your procedure
  • You’ll only be able to take medications that are absolutely necessary and only with a sip of water before your procedure
  • Since sedatives are strong medication, you won’t be able to drive yourself home after your surgery and will need to arrange to have a friend or family member take you home

Why Some Patients Opt to Stay Awake During Their Procedures

Believe it or not, there are some Belmont dental patients who don’t want to be sedated during their oral surgeries. Reasons for this choice include:

  • Having already had a dental surgery while awake
  • Being nervous about the sedation process
  • Not having any dental anxiety
  • Not able to arrange for day of transportation following their procedure

Dr. Change and Dental Restorative Group Supports Your Choice

Whether you want to be sedated, or would prefer to be wide awake and alert for your upcoming dental procedure, we support your choice. Simply share your preference with us, and Dr. Chang will get to work, putting together your personalized surgery plan.

To schedule an oral surgery and find out if you need one, contact Dental Restorative Group in Belmont today at (617) 489-1470.

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