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We know many of our patients experience some degree of anxiety when visiting a dentist, so we offer several sedation dentistry options. No matter which type of sedation we use, you will have a local anesthetic to numb the area. You won’t feel any pain during your procedure. If anxiety is keeping you from getting the dental care you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy, our sedation dentistry in Granger can help you overcome your fear.
The American Dental Association suggests you share your fears with the receptionist when you make your appointment and then remind the dental team when you arrive for your appointment. Do not worry about asking for special treatment; almost one in five people feel anxiety at the thought of a dental appointment. We can help you if you let us know about your anxiety.
What Does Sedation Dentistry Mean?
Sedation for dental treatment is referred to as sleep dentistry, although you won’t be asleep except with deep sedation dentistry. Some patients fall asleep from being in a relaxed state, but they wake easily. Those who are awake lose track of time, feeling their procedure only took a minute or two while in reality, they were in the chair for longer.
What Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
A patient’s sedation dentistry cost varies based on each unique situation and the type of sedation your dentist uses. Dentists often use more anesthesia for longer procedures, which can increase your cost. We have financing options to make our affordable sedation possible for patients who need it.
Why Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If you’re anxious about visiting a dentist, you will put it off for as long as possible. This leads to needing more complicated and expensive procedures. We understand some of our patients are anxious about dental offices, the sound of drilling and other objects or situations. Anxiety often stems from a bad experience in the past, but not always. Regardless of your fear or how it developed, we will ensure you have the least amount of stress possible during your visit.
If you need sedation for routine care, we can help you avoid dental emergencies. Don’t let fear keep you from a dentist; call our office now to make your appointment and we’ll make sure you feel relaxed here. Our friendly staff understands how you feel and our dentist won’t start the work until you’re ready.
What Types of Sleep Dentistry Can I Choose From?
We offer several forms. Your dentist can help you select the one best for you in your unique situation after reviewing your medical history and a list of your current prescription medications.
Laughing Gas, is a safe form of sedation which relaxes you with pleasant feelings. It’s delivered through a mask you wear over your nose. Laughing Gas is so safe, it is appropriate for children. You remain awake, but feel deeply relaxed. Once the mask comes off, you will usually feel good enough to drive home as the effects wear off almost instantly.
With oral sedation dentistry, you take a pill, typically Halcion or Valium, about an hour before your procedure to relax you. We administer only safe medications regulated by the FDA. Some people doze lightly because they become drowsy. You’ll still be able to communicate with your dentist but you probably won’t remember much about your procedure.
IV sedation Dentistry
IV sedation dentistry helps you relax quickly. You may fall asleep but your dentist can wake you easily. Your dentist can adjust the amount of sedation throughout your procedure and you’ll be carefully monitored throughout.
Deep Sleep Dentistry
This form of IV sedation will put you to sleep and you’ll wake when the anesthesia wears off. It isn’t the same as general anesthesia so your dentist can wake you if necessary. You must have someone who can drive you home accompany you to your appointment and stay with you for a few hours after you get home.
What Are the Advantages of Sleep Dentistry?
The most obvious advantage of sedation dentistry in Granger is that you can get the care you need without crippling dental anxiety. Laughing Gas can reduce or eliminate your gag reflex, as do other forms of sedation.
Does Dental Insurance Include Sedation?
Sedation dentistry insurance is rare. Dental insurance may cover sedation if it’s medically necessary. Check your plan or talk to the plan administrator to determine what your insurance company deems medically necessary. For example, your insurance may cover sedation for dental treatment for oral surgery or multiple extractions but plans typically don’t cover oral sedation dentistry for a filling if you request it because you have dental anxiety.
How Long Does Sedation Usually Last?
If you have inhalation sedation, it wears off very quickly once the mask comes off. On the other hand, you shouldn’t drive or walk home alone home after having IV sedation dentistry. You shouldn’t drive after having oral sedation either. It may take up to eight hours for the effects of the pill to wear off.