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13 Helpful Hints for an Easier Dental Appointment

Your appointment is set.  You have made the commitment to optimal oral health, and we are going to help get you there.  Congratulations!  It is going to be awesome!

The purpose of this post is to be sure we are both totally prepared for your treatment appointment. When our patients are well prepared for what’s to come, the results are spectacular. Our next post will focus on how you can best care for yourself following treatment.
Our experience is that people who follow this outline are noticeably more comfortable during and after treatment. In today’s hectic society, people who rush in for an appointment are just not as comfortable…decide for yourself, but we recommend:
  1. Periosciences Anti-Oxidant Gel is prescribed to be sure the gums are healthy. Place a small drop on a Q-tip or on your fingertip and gently massage on tissue over treatment site 2 times a day.  When shopping on-line, don’t forget our code for free shipping! – DDS98405

  2. Take antibiotic pre-medication an hour before your appointment–if required.

  3. Allow plenty of time to get to your appointment un-rushed.

  4. There is usually some “down-time” as we do some care in the lab, please bring any reading material you do not mind being interrupted occasionally.

  5. We can provide headphones and a iPad for listening during your appointment or, Please bring your smartphone.

  6. Get a good night’s sleep the night before.

  7. Eat a good breakfast the morning of your appointment.  We generally use short-acting anesthetics, but your gums and lips can take up to 2 hours to regain enough sensation to eat much of anything.

  8. Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing for your visit.  We always have blankets and neck pillows available, but dressing in layers can help too.

  9. Avoid taking aspirin for two (2) days prior to your appointment (aspirin can cause easy bleeding).

  10. Avoid alcohol the night before your appointment (alcohol can prevent complete anesthesia or numbing of the treated area).

  11. It is best to avoid caffeine or other stimulants the morning of your appointment (stimulants can interfere with the anesthetic). For example, coffee, caffeine beverages, No Doze@, etc.

  12. Take any prescribed sedatives as directed. If you are prescribed sedatives, you must have someone to drive you to and from your appointment.

  13. If you are not allergic to Ibuprofen–(e.g. Motrin, Advil, Nuprin), Dr. Dan or Dr. Gregg may recommend it if any sensitivity is possible. Ibuprofen is non-narcotic and does not affect your ability to drive. Aleve is very similar and works better for some people.