Sedation FAQ

Who is a candidate for sedation?

You are a candidate for sedation dentistry if you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist. If you do not do well while in pain, have had a traumatic dental experience before, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you feel sick, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety.

Bad gag refluxes or having very sensitive teeth can even make you a candidate for sedation dentistry as well.  If you are unsure if you qualify for sedation dentistry, ask your dentist today.

Will I be unconscious?

You will not be completely unconscious, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment.  You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate with dental staff, but you will not feel any pain or anxiousness. You might not even remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes, sedation can last anywhere from 2-6 hours.

Will I be monitored?

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

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No. You may feel a little groggy and “out of it” after some forms of sedation.  After a few hours, you will begin to feel like yourself again.  You will need to plan to have someone drive you home from your appointment.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any dental procedure can be performed with some form of sedation.  The sedation is not just for the procedure itself, but also for the patient anxiety that goes along with the procedure.  Ask your dentist if sedation is available for your upcoming procedure.

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

In most cases, it only takes two appointments to complete dental procedures.  The first appointment is a consultation with the dentist to check your health history and make sure you are a good candidate for sedation.  The next appointment will be the actual procedure.  The procedure can usually be done in one appointment, but may require a follow up visit.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases, your insurance provider will not cover sedation.  We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered before the procedure.  If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost and can put together a financing plan for you if desired.

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