Sedation FAQ

Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you or your child have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety.

Some people have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well.

Will I be unconscious?

It depends on level of fear and amount of work which needs to be done. If General Anesthesia ("sleep dentistry") is performed by Anesthesiologist then you/or child will be unconcious and sleep through the procedure with no recollection of dental work performed. If IV sedation is administered - it is considered concious, but it is a deep state of sedation and relaxation during treatment and you may not remember part or all of the dental procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedatives which are given and how long procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation Anesthesiologist will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No. You will feel a little groggy and "out of it" after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure.

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

In most cases it only takes one appointment-it's a great benefit.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

Medicaid covers IV sedation. With Private insurances it depends on a type of insurance and a plan.We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost. Great discounts for pateints without insurances.

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