According to the CDC, about 26% of U.S. adults suffer from tooth decay. That means that over one in four people have not received treatment for tooth decay, which will result in the need for dental procedures like tooth removal and cavity fillings. One thing that can help you feel better about the process is to ask a few questions about your dentist. Here are three questions about anesthesia to ask your dentist before you schedule a dental procedure.
1. What Are the Anesthetic Options?
There are several options for anesthesia during dental surgery. Your dentist may recommend that you have general anesthesia, but there are also local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or IV sedation. A dentist will typically use local anesthetics for simple procedures like cavity fillings and root canals, but general anesthesia might be necessary for more in-depth or longer procedures.
2. What Do You Do if I Am Allergic to Anesthesia?
You may not know that you’re allergic to a particular anesthetic before you arrive for your procedure. If that’s the case, when a reaction occurs, your dentist will stop the procedure and monitor the reaction. The general rule is that a patient with a known allergy should remain fully conscious during the procedure, but use a local anesthetic if possible.
3. Are There Any Side Effects Associated?
You want to be prepared with all the information about your procedure when walking into your dentist’s office. Asking about the potential risks will help you feel safe in your dentist’s hands. There are a few low-risk side effects like nausea, dry mouth, and slurred speech from anesthesia, but they will fade after a while. You should have a friend or family member there to pick you up after your appointment, as you’re not equipped to drive after being under anesthesia. All things considered, know that dentists are qualified to administer the anesthesia they use, so you’ll be in good hands.
After asking these questions, you’ll be more knowledgeable about your treatment process. That should make you feel more comfortable working with your dentist! Need to schedule an appointment? Call today to learn how our dentists can help you.