I have a horrible phobia of the dentist. I recently learned that I can get my dental work done through sedation. I’ve been liking that and I just sleep through my appointments. When I wake up my teeth are in better shape than they were before. I’m getting close to having a healthy mouth again and I am very excited. I was thinking, after these last two crowns on back teeth, I would like to reward myself by getting a smile makeover. Is there a way to do that with sedation too?
A smile makeover is usually done using between eight and ten porcelain veneers on your front teeth. It is standard operating procedure to whiten your teeth ahead of time. This way the bottom arch and any adjacent teeth will blend in with the veneered teeth. My suggestion is you use take-home whitening trays that your dentist furnishes for you. You won’t need any sedation for that. There’s not any manipulation of the teeth.
With porcelain veneers, there is some mild preparation of your teeth, but the most you would need with that is some lidocaine. If you are concerned, some nitrous oxide will help relax you. While you may be using oral conscious sedation for your dental appointments, I am not certain I would recommend that for your porcelain veneers.
As you have experienced, you are quite sleepy and relaxed with oral conscious sedation. You will want to be lucid enough to look at the results of your smile makeover and either approve it or suggest changes that need to be made. That is not possible if you are groggy. Your other option is to have the dentist show you the temporaries and then do the sedation. You still wouldn’t get to okay the final result, but at least you’d get an opinion.
The key to a stunning smile is the cosmetic dentist who creates it. Smile makeovers are not taught in dental school, so it is up to the dentist to get the training required to do a beautiful job. You can go to one dentist for your general dental care and another for your cosmetic work. That is quite common. In your place, I would look for an AACD accredited dentist. These dentists have proven training, skill, and artistry.
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