Okay, so here’s the hardest part – relaxing in the dentist’s chair just as they’re about to stick a massive metal thing in your mouth. The hardest part of a dentist appointment can sometimes be just showing up. The prospect of a stranger traipsing tools all through your teeth might be the reason you’d rather stick it out with that toothache.

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If you’re terrified of dental procedures, there is hope! Switch Dental can offer oral medication to relax your body and mind during both complex and simple dental appointments. Although you’re awake during your appointment, being at the dentist suddenly doesn’t seem quite so bad! That’s the glory of sedation – no stress and no problems, for you or your attentive dentist.

You can opt for an oral drowsy medication that makes you groggy, but relatively awake. Sometimes, patients can be so relaxed they’ll end up falling asleep. Don’t worry though – a gentle shake and you’ll be awake. Oral sedation takes a little longer to wear off, but is certain to ease all your fears.

Sedation is a sensible solution to alleviate your fears, calm your anxieties and prevent pain. Make sure you have a friend or family member to come with you to your appointment. Sedatives impact your alertness and inhibit your reaction times. Driving is a big no, no! Get your mate to drive you to and from your dentist appointment. Your dentist will brief you and your driver about post-treatment care once you’re home.

Another tip: you’ll be briefed beforehand but usually, you shouldn’t eat or drink after midnight the day before. That means no midnight snacks and no breakfast. Your digestive system can mess with the sedation medication. Wear comfortable clothes too; no one wants to stumble out of a dental surgery in heels.

Your safety comes first and Switch Dental prioritise your comfort and health. Sedation is a great way to ensure that you’re calm, relaxed and prepared for whatever comes your way.