How Food Could Affect Sedation

Posted by G2 Anesthesia Services Inc. Apr 26, 2023

Sedation dentistry is helpful for patients who are afraid of the dentist or who experience anxiety during dental procedures. There are many different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and intravenous sedation. However, sedation dentistry does not just help the patient. It also helps the dentist. It can help the dentist perform complicated procedures more quickly. It can also help the patient have a more positive experience at the dentist’s office. There are certain foods that you should stay away from before undergoing sedation. These foods can have a negative effect on sedation.

The types of food and drink you consume can have an effect on your level of sedation. Since alcohol depresses the central nervous system, it should be avoided at least until the next day, when the effects of sedation have worn off. You should also avoid consuming large amounts of sugary foods or drinks since they can increase your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, it’s best to avoid smoking for at least 24 hours before and after the appointment since this can increase the risk of complications like dry socket after tooth extraction. Overall, you should eat a light meal before your procedure and avoid eating a big heavy meal afterward so that your body has time to properly process and excrete the drug before diving into a major meal.

Gastric Contents Affect Sedation

The contents of your stomach can affect your level of sedation during a procedure. Before your appointment, avoid eating or drinking anything besides water for at least six hours before your appointment. This will give your body time to digest any food in your stomach and empty the contents into your small intestine before the treatment begins. If you are receiving nitrous oxide to help you relax, you should avoid foods that cause gas or cause digestive upset. This will help prevent bloating, which could affect how comfortable you feel during the procedure. If you have any questions about what foods you should eat and what you should drink before dental treatment, make sure to ask your dental care provider for recommendations. They may even be able to recommend foods like yogurt that can help promote a healthy digestive system.

A light meal is okay to eat before your appointment if you are getting oral sedation. Try not to eat until after your treatment is complete, though, as eating too soon afterward could disrupt your recovery.

Visit G2 Anesthesia Services Inc. in Louisville, KY, or call (833) 336-8482 to consult our dentist today to see how sedation dentistry can change your dental experience. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you become more comfortable with your next dental treatment.

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