Sedation FAQ

Who is a candidate for sedation?

Anyone who has a fear about the dentist or is anxious about having dental work done is a candidate for sedation dentistry.  If you have ever had a harrowing experience at the dentist, fear the pain of dental work or even have anxiety about the sounds or smells in a dental office, sedation dentistry can help overcome these feelings.

Some other candidates would be people who have a sensitive gag reflex or acutely sensitive teeth.  If you have questions about whether or not sedation dentistry is right for you, contact you dentist.

Will I be unconscious?

During your treatment, you will not be unconscious.  You will, however, be in a profound state of relaxation.  You’ll still have the ability to breath on your own and speak, but you should not have any feelings of anxiety or feel any pain.  It’s possible that you will have no recollection of the procedure once it is over.

How long will I be sedated?

The length of the procedure, as well as the strength of the sedative, will determine how long you will be sedated.  Sedation could be anywhere between two and 6 hours.

Will I be monitored?

One of our staff will be present the entire time you are sedated.  You vitals will also be monitored to assure us that everything is in a normal range.  Your safety is paramount while in our care.

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

There are no long term effects when being sedated.  You may feel a bit dazed or confused after some forms of sedation.  Typically you will feel back to normal after a few hours.  You will need someone to accompany you to drive you home after your appointment however.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

While you are sedated, typically any procedure can be done.  Sedation is not something that is necessary for the procedure.  It is to help patients relax through the anxiety that may come from thinking about a procedure.  Should you be curious as to whether or not sedation can be used for a particular procedure, your dentist would be happy to answer your questions.

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

Two appointments are typically needed to complete any dental work.  The initial appointment is a consultation to gather information about your health history and to assess if you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry.  Your second appointment is to actually perform any dentistry work that is needed.  This can be completed in one appointment, though there are some instances that would require a follow up appointment.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

Most insurance providers do not cover sedation.  We are happy to go over your insurance coverage with you and inform you whether or not sedation is covered.  Should sedation not be covered by your insurance, we will go over the cost of it and can even produce a financing plan for you.

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