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Many patients experience severe dental anxiety when faced with an appointment to the dentist. Some patients may even have a severe gag reflex that makes it difficult for the dentist to perform the necessary treatment. If this sounds like you, we can help you. Our office provides several types of sedation dentistry in South Bend to our patients who need help relaxing when they are in the dentist’s chair. We want to make our patients as comfortable as possible during their procedure, so we offer several types of dental sedation, including IV sedation dentistry. Call our office at and we’ll help you make a selection and schedule an appointment for you.
What Do You Mean By Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is different than sleep dentistry, although we offer both options at our South Bend office, and the terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Oral sedation helps our patients to relax during their appointment, which makes the procedure go more smoothly for both the patient and the dentist. For less invasive dental procedures, you’ll be awake but very relaxed. For more invasive treatments and cleanings, we can use sleep dentistry to ensure your teeth are more readily accessible to the dentist or hygienist. The type of dental sedation used will depend, in part, on the level of anxiety you experience during a treatment and the type of treatment you’re receiving. For more information or to schedule a consultation in our South Bend office, call us at and we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions.
What’s the Sedation Dentistry Cost in South Bend?
Each patient is unique and so is their insurance coverage. The best way to ascertain your sedation dentistry cost is to contact your insurance provider and our office. However, if you need dental sedation and have no insurance coverage for it, we have affordable financing plans that will help you receive the treatment you need while avoiding anxiety. Call us at for more information specific to your situation and we’ll be glad to answer your questions.
Why Do You Use Dental Sedation?
We use dental sedation to ensure the maximum comfort of our patients during their procedures, and to ensure that they receive the best treatment possible. A stressed out patient won’t receive the best results from the procedure, so we strive to make your office visit as relaxing as possible. If you need one or more dental procedures but avoid them because of your anxiety level, we can help you. Call our South Bend office today at and we’ll make sure you receive answers to all of your questions.
Which Types of Dental Sedation Are Available to Me?
Several types of dental sedatives are available, and the type you need can be influenced by your procedure and your anxiety level. Some of the options we offer include:
Inhaled minimal sedation
For this option, you’ll inhale laughing gas through a mask. The gas enables you to relax, and the amount used is controlled by your dentist.
Oral sedation dentistry
Oral sedation is the most common option and it uses a pill, such as Halcion, to make you drowsy. You’ll remain awake, but it will feel as though you’re in a dream.
IV Sedation dentistry
In IV sedation dentistry, you’ll receive a sedative through use of an intravenous injection into a vein, and your dentist can adjust the amount of sedative you receive.
This option will make you fall asleep and the medication is administered by your dentist. You’ll waken only when the medication wears off or you’re given another medication to reverse its effects.
What Are the Dental Sedative Benefits?
One of the main benefits of sedation dentistry is that you’ll receive the treatment you need without anxiety issues or the overwhelming dread that some patients experience. This means that you won’t procrastinate in receiving required dental procedures and you’ll maintain better oral health. If you need dental work but are very apprehensive about the procedure and the pain involved, call our South Bend office today at and let us allay your fears. Sedation dentistry is very common and it’s very effective. Many of our patients wouldn’t think of having a procedure without it, so call us today and let’s get started on regaining your good oral health.
Will My Insurance Plan Cover Sleep Dentistry?
You’ll obtain the best answer to this question from your dental insurance provider, but many plans cover sleep dentistry for dental treatments. Your provider is more likely to cover sedation for your dental treatment if it’s deemed medically necessary. Call us at before you speak to your provider. Each patient is unique and their coverage is unique, and consequently, we can’t provide a specific number until we have performed an examination and spoken to your insurance company. Call us today for more information about sedation for dental treatment – don’t jeopardize your good oral health because of dental anxiety.
How Long Do the Effects of Sedation for Dental Treatment Last?
The duration of the effects will depend on several factors including the type of sedation used, the type of procedure you have done, and your own body physiology. The effects of IV sedation dentistry or general anesthesia take longer to dissipate than others, but you can discuss this with your dentist during your consultation at our South Bend office. Call us at to schedule an appointment or if you need more information on oral sedation dentistry in South Bend.