Who should get sedation?
Any candidate who suffers from anxiety about the pain associated with dental procedures qualifies as a likely candidate for sedation. It’s natural to feel nervous about simply being inside a dental clinic given the typical smells, sights and sounds in any medical clinic. Sedation is safe, affordable and can keep you comfortable and pain-free during dental procedures.
Will I lose consciousness during sedation?
No, modern sedation techniques transport you to a deeper and heightened state of relaxation and you will be able talk as well as breathe on your own. There is a possibility that you may not be able to remember any or part of the process in the aftermath.
How long will the effects of sedation last?
You could be sedated anytime from 2 to 6 hours depending on the level of sedation and the type of dental treatment that you are undergoing. More complicated dental processes might require longer hours of sedation.
Will I be looked after during sedation?
Yes, you will be monitored closely by trained and qualified professionals during the entire sedation process.
Is sedation accompanied by any side-effects?
The only minor side-effect of sedation (and this too only lasts a few hours) is a groggy and disoriented feeling. This is the reason that you must ask someone to drive you home. As the sedation wears off after a few hours, you will feel absolutely normal.
Is sedation procedure-specific?
No, sedation is administered to help the patient handle fear of pain and anxiety during the process and is not associated with any specific procedure. If you have questions regarding sedation techniques, ask your dentist about which sedation she plans to use.
How long does it take to complete dental procedures?
Dental processes typically take about two visits to complete followed by an after-care consultation. The first visit is where your health history is examined to ascertain if you are a likely candidate to undergo sedation. The second consultation is to complete the dental procedure. Follow-up consultations may be recommended for some candidates.
Will my insurance policy pay for sedation?
Sedation is typically not covered by insurance providers. Our staff members will examine your insurance policy to confirm if the cost of sedation is paid by your insurance provider. In the event that it is not paid for, we will inform you of the cost and create a financing plan for you if required.