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Up to 30 percent of the population avoids visiting a dentist because of dental anxiety. Unfortunately, many people who don’t get routine preventative care end up having to go for an emergency visit which increases their anxiety even more. We offer sedation dentistry in Plymouth to help our patients relax and get the care they need.
There is a smaller portion of the population that has dental phobia. Their feelings go beyond anxiety; they are panic stricken at the thought of visiting a dentist. Sometimes it’s hard for people to articulate how they feel about the dentist when making an appointment. If you feel you may have dental phobia, please call us and we will see how we can help you. You don’t want to go through life hiding your teeth if they are bad as it can effect your professional and personal life.
What Is Dental Sedation?
Sedation for dental treatment includes medications which help you unwind during your dental visit. We can administer the medications in various ways depending on your level of anxiety and your preference. You still receive Novocaine to numb you at the specific area where the dentist will work. Sedation dentistry and sleep dentistry are terms used interchangeably but you don’t sleep like you would with general anesthesia. Sleep dentistry does not mean you will be sleeping for a procedure.
What Is the Typical Sedation Dentistry Cost?
Your sedation dentistry cost will depend on whether you have inhalation, oral or IV sedation dentistry. The length of your procedure also affects your cost because you’ll likely need more sedation for a longer procedure. When you phone for an appointment, let us know you’ll need sedation. We can give you an estimate of your cost even though our dentist is the only person who can decide whether a specific form of sedation is suitable for you after reviewing your medical history.
When Do Dentists Recommend Sedation Dentistry?
We recommend sleep dentistry for people who find anxiety a barrier to getting dental care. Everyone deserves a confident smile. People who avoid going to the dentist unless they absolutely have to are at a greater risk for decay and gum disease. We want to make your visit as stress free as possible. We also may suggest sedation dentistry if you have a strong gag reflex that makes getting certain procedures very difficult. Please phone us today for an appointment for sedation dentistry.
What Are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry in Plymouth?
To accommodate our patients and their varying levels of anxiety, we offer a variety of sedation dentistry – your dentist will help you choose which is best for you:
Inhalation Sedation – Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is inhaled through a mask which goes over your nose. It works almost immediately and the effects wear off very quickly. You’ll be deeply relaxed, but not asleep. You’ll also lose track of time and it will feel like the procedure took only a minute, even if it took longer than that.
Oral Sedation – Your dentist will give you a pill to take an hour before your appointment. You should have someone accompany you to drive you home after. If you’re afraid of needles, oral sedation dentistry is a better choice than IV sedation dentistry.
IV Sedation – IV sedation dentistry is a deep level of sedation which begins working quickly. You’ll wake up afterward feeling drowsy with little or no memory of what occurred during your procedure. You must have someone drive you home.
Deep Sedation – Deep sedation makes you lose consciousness. It’s not the same as general anesthesia because your dentist can still wake you, although not easily. With general anesthesia, even pain won’t wake you. It’s usually reserved for oral surgery and patients with extreme anxiety,
What Are the Benefits of Sedation for Dental Treatment?
For those with dental anxiety, the thought of visiting a dentist is terrifying. People will avoid making a dental appointment even if they have a toothache. Knowing sedation is available, and that there is a dental team that understands their anxiety, will make it easier to pick up the phone and make a dental appointment. Once they see the visit went fine and they barely remember the procedure, they will come back for routine preventative care, preventing future toothaches. If you would like to try sedation to get through a procedure, please phone us.
Will My Insurance Cover Dental Sedation?
Sedation is usually an out-of-pocket expense unless you’re having oral surgery or several extractions at once, then it’s medically necessary to sedate you. Sedation dentistry insurance rarely covers routine treatments, such as a root canal. If a procedure makes you feel anxious, inhalation and oral sedation are affordable; consider paying for sedation yourself if it means you’ll get necessary work done.
How Long Do Sedation Effects Last?
Inhalation sedation wears off the fastest of all sedation methods. When the dentist takes off the mask, you’ll feel alert in about five minutes and you can drive yourself home. Oral sedation dentistry takes the longest to wear off. IV sedation has a one to two-hour recovery period, but you still have to have someone to accompany you to drive home.