Who is a candidate for sedation?
Anyone who has anxiety or fear of the dentist, the dentist’s office, or pain, as well as those who have had traumatic dental experiences in the past, is eligible for dental sedation. In addition, if you have very sensitive teeth or a bad gag reflex, sedation dentistry could be beneficial. If you are not sure if you qualify for sedation dentistry, we invite you to contact our dentist.
Will I be unconscious?
During sedation you are not unconscious; you are actually in a state of deep relaxation. While under sedation, you can still communicate and breathe on your own, but you will be free from pain and anxiety. Many patients don’t even remember the procedure afterwards.
How long will I be sedated?
Depending on the strength of the sedative and the length of your procedure, you could be under sedation anywhere from two to six hours.
Will I be monitored?
Yes! Throughout your sedation appointment, someone will always be at your side. In addition, one of our caring, experienced team will monitor your vitals to ensure you remain completely safe. Your safety is always our highest priority.
Are there any long term effects of sedation?
While you will feel a little groggy and “out of it” after taking some forms of sedation, there are no long term effects. After a few short hours, you will feel like normal again. Remember to bring a friend or family member to your appointment so that they can drive you home.
What procedures can be performed under sedation?
Most procedures can be performed while you are under sedation. Sedation is not necessary for the procedure itself; it is strictly used to reduce and eliminate anxiety. If you have questions about a specific procedure and sedation, please talk to our dentist.
How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?
For many people, only two visits to our office are required to complete your work. During the first appointment, your health history will be reviewed and our dentist will determine if you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. At the second visit, our dentist will perform the necessary procedures. Often, these are the only two appointments required, but your individual treatment may involve follow-up visits.
Will my insurance cover sedation?
In most cases, dental sedation is not covered by your insurance provider. When you visit our office, we will review your insurance coverage and help you figure out if dental sedation is covered or not. If your insurance does not cover dental sedation, we will let you know the cost of sedation and, if necessary, we can work together to create a customized financing plan.