I needed a ton of dental work. My dentist figured, even with sedation, it would take four appointments. My first appointment wasn’t until noon. I ate something that morning, even though they told me not to. When I took the sedation I became super sick. They asked me if I’d eaten. I was embarrassed and said no. Should I ‘fess up? My dentist wants to talk before my next appointment. I’m worried he won’t want to use sedation again.
Susan W. – Little Rock, AR
I would go ahead and confess to your dentist. Not because I don’t think he’ll treat you again, but because your dentist needs all the information in order to give you the proper dosage of sedation.
There is a good reason why you need to avoid eating. You put yourself in danger of aspiration. It’s in line with the same thought of not eating directly before surgery.
I know it’s hard feeling hungry. If you find it difficult to wait to eat, then I would suggest, after confessing to your dentist eating last time, that you request an early appointment for your next sedation session. That way you won’t be tempted.
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