Sedation FAQ

Sedation FAQ

Who is a candidate for sedation?

Patients who experience anxiety or fear about going to the dentist are candidates for sedation dentistry.

Some patients have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well.

Will I be unconscious?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during the procedure. You will still be able to breathe and communicate on your own.

How long will I be sedated?

Depending on the strength of sedative given and length of appointment, sedation effects can last about 2-6 hours.

Will I be monitored?

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

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No, you will feel a little groggy after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. Oral sedation patients will need to have someone drive for them.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Almost any procedure can be performed with sedation. Sedation is mainly used for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure.

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

In most cases, it takes two appointments. The first appointment will be an exam to check your health history, any treatment required, and to make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases, it will not be covered by your insurance. We will review your coverage and let you know if sedation is covered. If so, we will let you know the cost.

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