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Sedation FAQ

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is a patient who experiences fear or anxiety at the thought of going to the dentist or undergoing dental work. Fear of the pain and past traumatic experience are common reasons that someone chooses to undergo sedation. Other reasons that a patient may choose sedation are physical, such as sensitive teeth or a strong gag reflex.

While undergoing sedation, am I unconscious?

No, you will not be “knocked out” as in other methods of sedation, but you will be in an intense state of relaxation. You will be able to communicate, and you can breathe on your own. You will not feel anxiety or pain, and you may not remember part or all of your treatment.

How long will the sedation last?

Depending on the length of your procedure and the strength of the sedative we give you, you may be sedated for 2-6 hours.

Will I be alone when I am sedated?

No, someone will be with you the entire time you are undergoing sedation. We will also be monitoring your vital signs to make sure they all remain normal. Your safety at all points of your appointment is extremely important to us.

Will I feel any long-term effects of undergoing sedation?

No. You may feel slightly “out of it” or even groggy after your sedation appointment, but after several hours this will subside and you will feel normal. We require someone to drive you home from the appointment to make sure you are safe.

What dental procedures can I have performed while under sedation?

You can have nearly any procedure performed with sedation dentistry. Remember, the sedation is not for the actual procedure, but to help with the anxiety and fear you feel while undergoing dental treatment

Do I need more than one appointment for my dental work with sedation?

For sedation dentistry, we typically recommend two appointments. In the first appointment, we will check your medical history and verify that you are a good candidate for the sedation. On the second appointment, we will complete the desired dental work. In some cases, you may need to schedule a follow-up visit.

Is sedation covered by my insurance?

Frequently sedation is not covered by insurance. However, we will fully review your coverage and let you know if it can be covered or not. If your insurance does not cover sedation, we will inform you of the cost and can put together a payment plan if necessary.

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