Things To Know Before Your Emergency Dentist Appointment
Preparing for your emergency dental visit will help minimize anxiety and reduce the overall time you will have to spend at the dentist office.
Just as when you have a job interview, make yourself look presentable when having an emergency dentist appointment. Brush and floss well, but make sure you don’t overdo it. People tend to brush their teeth much longer, or floss with more force right before going to the dentist. That can only make your situation worse, because the dentist can think your gums are usually irritated.
Dental records are your medical history, which will help the dentist with diagnosing what kind of dental problem you have. Your dentist should have your dental records, but if you’re switching dentists, you should contact your previous one to obtain a copy of them. As soon as you get them, you can forward them to your current dentist. Also bring your insurance card to your appointment, because the staff needs to check your insurance in order to give you an accurate pricing.
Try to avoid sugary beverages. Not only on the day of your appointment but altogether. Sugary drinks, along with caffeine boost your energy, but also make you more anxious when you’re about to go to the dentist. On the other hand, they have high acidic levels, damaging the enamel of your teeth. Besides avoiding sugary and caffeinated foods and beverages, you should also get a good night’s sleep before your dentist appointment. You will feel less anxious if you’re well rested.
Out of those 36% of people that haven’t had a dental visit in the last 12 months, 23% have said that they didn’t go because they’re afraid of the dentist, as stated in a research done by the American Dental Association5. If you feel dental anxiety, you should inform your dentist before your appointment. He may instruct you to take some medication before you come to the office. He will also ask you about your health condition, allergies, medication and supplements you’re taking if you want to use any kind of sedation. Some types of sedation are through oral medication, nitrous oxide, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Which type of sedation the dentist will use depends on the severity of your condition, how complicated the procedure is, and what level of anxiety you’re feeling.