Few people look forward to receiving dental treatment, whether it be a dental filling, root canal therapy or tooth extraction. Luckily, maintaining a good oral health regime and regular dental check-ups are great ways of reducing the likelihood of your need for complex dental treatment. However, if you find yourself needing complex dental treatment, being prepared can help you in many ways.
At Dental on York, your Sydney CBD dental practice, we have some great tips for preparing for complex dental treatment.
Tips For Preparing For Complex Dental Treatment
Read on to find out about a few things you can do to ensure you’re relaxed and ready before receiving treatment.
Ask Your Dentist Questions
At Dental on York, we encourage you to ask as many questions as possible. Knowing what to expect takes a lot of stress out of receiving dental treatment. Our dentists always try to explain as many details as possible. But it helps if you have a list of things you’d like to know before going into your consultation.
Helpful questions to ask may include:
- How long does the procedure take?
- What does the process look like?
- What anaesthesia or sedation options are available?
- Are there any risks involved?
- What can I do to ensure an optimal recovery?
Check-In With Your Health Fund
A key part of preparing for complex dental treatment is checking-in with your health fund. If you intend on using your private health insurance to cover your dental treatment, it’s important to check that you are covered for that treatment, and to what extent.
Many insurers will give you an out of pocket cost estimate so that you have an idea of what you’ll need to pay on the day. This helps avoid nasty financial surprises.
Follow Your Dentist’s Instructions
Your dentist will provide you with a list of dos and don’ts leading up to your dental treatment. This list will differ from one type of dental treatment to another and may not entail much at all.
Your dentist may have asked that you stop using a certain medication before your treatment. Or perhaps that you commence using a certain medication before your treatment. Depending on whether you have a general or local anaesthetic on the day, your dentist may also ask that you refrain from eating and drinking in the hours leading up to treatment.
If you’re feeling unsure when preparing for complex dental treatment, don’t hesitate to ring your dentist to confirm the instructions you were given.
It’s not unlikely for there to be paperwork you need to fill out before having treatment done. Arriving a little early will give you time to do this. It also ensures you aren’t rushing and can arrive calmly with time to mentally prepare too.
Prepare For Your Recovery
Preparing for your recovery post-treatment is key – like preparing for the complex dental treatment itself. It’s a good idea to arrange for someone to take you to and from your dental treatment, even if you’ve only had local anaesthetic. If you need to eat a special diet post-treatment, i.e. soft foods, ensure that you have adequate stock at home. It also pays to be familiar with any medication you’ll need to take as part of your recovery process.
Complex Dental Treatment Sydney
If you need complex dental treatment in the Sydney CBD, Dental on York has you covered. We’re lucky enough to have Dr George Lee and Dr Andrew Lee on our team. They are both known for their depth of knowledge and high level of technical expertise. With 35 years of experience, both dentists have successfully tackled many complex dental cases.
We cater for general complex dental treatment needs, as well as special fields of complex dental treatment. These include airway-centred orthodontics, chronic dental and jaw pain issues, occlusion issues, TMJ disorders and complex rehabilitation.
We encourage our patients to visit us on a 6-monthly basis so we can monitor their oral health and prevent the need for complex dental treatment.
Do you need assistance with a complex dental issue? Or are you overdue for a dental check-up? At Dental in York, you’re in safe hands. We do everything we can to make sure you can easily prepare and be as comfortable as possible. Contact us to see how we can help you.