Through modern sedation techniques, dental treatments can be as easy as sleep. Patients are given a mild sedative to keep them feeling comfortable and relaxed; so relaxed in fact, that they usually fall asleep during their procedure.
Another benefit of sedation dentistry is that patients are oblivious to the jarring sounds and unpleasant smells that can come with dental work. Sedation dentistry enables dentists to more efficiently complete procedures. They do not have to worry about their patients suddenly jerking around if they don’t like a sound or smell. Unexpected movements can undo work that has been completed and lengthen procedure times.
Oral Sedation Dentistry
Oral sedation dentistry helps patients to relax during a dental procedure. There are different types of drugs, including valium and halcion, which are administered prior to an appointment. Sometimes patients will begin to take a drug the day before their procedure to facilitate oral sedation dentistry.
Conscious Sedation Dentistry
When undergoing conscious sedation dentistry, patients receive an intravenous or oral sedative before a procedure commences. This makes them drowsy and relaxed. It may even put some people to sleep. However, they are always conscious. When asked a question or to follow directions during conscious sedation dentistry, patients are able to respond.
IV Sedation Dentistry
Intravenous sedation is the deepest sedation available. This is administered by our Board Certified Anesthesiologist where you are completely asleep and have no memory of the procedure.
It is common to experience dental anxiety and fear before a trip to the dentist. The mouth can be a very sensitive area.
Once patients experience how easy sedation dentistry makes a trip to the dentist, they may never be able to undergo dental procedures without it again. Insurance companies have different policies governing sedation dentistry cost.