Whether or not you have dentophobia (also known as the fear of going to the dentist), it really is kind of stressful to think about a major cosmetic dentistry procedure you need to undergo. Of course, the thought of going under the knife, the pain, the injection, and whatnot can make us feel anxious, especially if we’re not prepared for it.
It’s normal, though, and a lot of people experience it. But, the good news is you can manage the stress that it brings by ensuring that you’re well prepared for the procedure. How? Here are some tips.
A lot of people are often too shy to ask their dentists some questions. Little do they know that asking questions about your dental concerns will help them prepare better for the procedure they need to undergo.
That said, even right after your dentist recommends solutions for your dental concerns, don’t be shy to ask questions. Ask about the complete guide to all on 4 dental implants, what medications you will be taking, what you need to know for the after-care, etc. This will help you understand the procedure more to help take away your stress and fears.
So, during the day of the procedure, you won’t worry about anything. Plus, you’ll know what you should and shouldn’t do before and after the procedure.
Have Medical Records Ready
Your medical records play an important role in the procedure that you’ll undergo. This will help your dentist understand your concerns better and know which procedure or medications will work best for you, especially if you have other health issues.
That said, before your scheduled dental procedure, ensure that your medical records are ready too, including your recent dental X-rays. If you’re not seeing a new dentist, you may not bring them as your dentist probably has a copy of your records already, unless they ask you to bring it with you.
Take Your Prescribed Medication
Not everyone’s immune system is created equal. And for those who have weak immune systems, their dentist might prescribe some antibiotics that need to be taken before and after a major dental procedure.
And if your dentist has prescribed you some medications too, make sure to take them as you’re instructed. Depending on the medicine prescribed, this will help you recover fast and protect your body from the risk of infection that comes with the procedure.
Depending on the dental procedure you’ll undergo, a general anesthetic may be needed. And if your case requires you this, your dentist will instruct you to avoid drinking or eating anything for 12 hours before the procedure.
This is because some patients experience side effects from the general anesthesia that cause nausea and vomiting when their stomach is full. And these side effects will not only make you feel sick but can also affect the procedure.
That said, be sure to follow what you’re instructed to. If you don’t your cosmetic procedure might even be moved to a later schedule.
Arrange for Transportation
It’s hard to go to and from the hospital or dental clinic alone, especially if you’ll undergo a major procedure. This is because before the procedure, you’ll likely feel anxious, and being by yourself may worsen your fears. It’s also hard to go home alone after the procedure as the anesthesia will make you feel groggy.
So before your scheduled visit, don’t forget to arrange for transportation to and from the hospital too. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you, so you can have some emotional support and your safety is guaranteed, especially when you feel confused or groggy.
Have the Chores Taken Care of
Rest is vital in helping the gums heal after a major dental procedure. Thus, you will need to take it easy once you get home.
Before your scheduled visit, make sure that the household chores are already taken care of, so you won’t have to do anything when you get home. You can also ask someone to prepare your meals for you or take care of your kids for a few days. This way, you’ll be able to recover faster.
Plan Your Day
It’s important to get to the hospital or dental clinic earlier than your schedule. This way, if there is paperwork you need to fill in, you can complete it in time. Of course, arriving early also helps you prepare mentally. So, plan your day, from the time you wake up to your travel time to get to your dentist.
Being prepared helps you calm down, which is important when you need to undergo a major dental procedure. So make all the necessary preparations you think you need. Doing so will help you have a successful procedure on your teeth.