To Sleep Or Not to Sleep?

Sedation dentistry is an complicated topic because there are no strict rules one way or another. Even specific procedures do not specifically need to go one way or another. Most dentists have the guideline that sedation is not for procedures but for patients. This requires dentists to take a more personal look at their dentistry practice instead of just prescribing sedation in a one-size-fits-all manner.

Comfort Comes at a Cost

Part of this approach is that sedation, especially anesthesia, is an additional cost. Most insurance policies do notsedation dentistry cover it unless it is an absolutely essential part of the procedure. Many dentists and patients do not want to pay the extra money.

But What If It’s Worth It?

While any procedure would be physically endurable without sedation of any kind (discounting local anesthetic that does not make you drowsy), some people’s minds and emotions go crazy when thinking about the dentist. If you are one of those people who has severe anxiety about going to the dentist, sedation dentistry might actually be the answer for you. You are one of the people who dentists are considering when they offer it for patients, not procedures.

If this applies to you, come talk to us about sedation dentistry options. There are a variety of levels, from light to completely out, and we can help decide which will be best for you during your procedure.

Minimal Sedation

Either inhaled or given orally, this is a type of sedation where you are still awake, but you are groggy and kind of in a dream state. One of the most common sedatives at this level is laughing gas. Imagine being conscious but completely relaxed, no matter the situation.

Moderate Sedation

Usually administered via an IV, this will partially put you to sleep. Most people will remember vague aspects of the procedure, such as the beginning and the end, but will slur their words together when they talk and not really remember much at all. The dentist can adjust the sedation level. The downside is that you must be watched for a few hours after the procedure, as it might take a while to fully wear off.

Heavy Sedation

Although not fully unconscious like with general anesthesia (which is very rare in dental offices), you are essentially out cold. However, you can be easily awakened when needed.

Free yourself from anxiety and experience the dentist in a new way, free of fear and with no traumatizing memories.

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