Do you dread the thought of visiting the dentist? Does a fear of dental surgery make you skip dental checkups altogether? There’s really no need to be nervous. Our Orange County sleep dentistry professionals can walk you through all of your options.
Are you a good candidate for this procedure?
You may be a good candidate for sleep dentistry if you have very sensitive teeth and require oral surgery. This procedure suits other patients with complex dental problems who require a few dental visits. We understand if you’re a little apprehensive and we are here to help. In fact, we’ve even put together some oral surgery recovery tips to make the whole process less daunting. Understanding what to expect from any kind of dental procedure helps to overcome your fear.
- You should take a day and rest after your oral surgery. Lying down is a good way to recover, but you should elevate your head with some pillows. This reduces swelling. Propping your head up with pillows also cuts down on postsurgical bleeding.
- Avoid hot liquids such as soup and any kind of spicy food for a few days after dental surgery.
- Allow the bleeding to stop completely before you start eating. Soft food options are best. We recommend limiting yourself to foods like mashed potatoes, milkshakes and smoothies for a day or two after the procedure.
- Don’t chew on the gauze pad we leave on the surgical site. It’s tempting, but it can cause more bleeding.
- Try to chew food on the other side of the extraction site.
Orange County Sleep Dentistry Consultation
It’s not unusual to have anxiety about coming to see the dentist. Some patients who experience a bad reaction to dental work are embarrassed. Other people are uncomfortable having a stranger look inside their mouth. The physical closeness of the dental office can create anxiety in others.
For some patients, even having a hygienist just a few feet away can be an issue. Does reading any of this make you a little uneasy? If so, you may be a good candidate for sleep dentistry.
Some of our patients have had bad experiences with dentists in the past. In fact, research tells us a number of people in North America have had one of these negative experiences.
Some patients have trouble sleeping the night before their appointment. Those people have what is called a dental phobia. We offer a Orange County sleep dentistry consultation to help put you at ease if you fit into any of these categories.