6 Things You Might Not Know About Sedation Dentistry

We’ve recently experienced a major increase in sedation dentistry appointments at Valley Dental Group, and often get asked a number of questions by our patients. While some questions we get asked are more common than others, we thought we’d share a few less common aspects of sedation dentistry you might not know. Below are six things you may not know about sedation dentistry.

1. You can choose from a range of sedation levels.

Each level is designed to reduce your anxiety to a level you feel comfortable with. Sedation will reduce your anxiety, while still allowing you to be responsive. The use of nitrous oxide, oral medications or IV  medications allows us to tailor the sedation to each patient’s needs. A consult with the dentist will determine what type of sedation is right for you.

2. Your sedation appointment can be as short as 30 minutes.

Patients tend to think a sedation dental appointment lasts longer than a regular appointment. While some cases can take hours, others can be as short as 30 minutes!

3.  Sedation dentistry can save you time and money.

If you need extensive dental work that would normally require multiple visits, you can alternatively choose sedation dentistry––consolidating multiple appointments into a single visit. You’ll spend less time at the dentist, and will be less likely to take time off from work.

4. Sedation dentistry is for patients who want to feel more comfortable at the dental office.

Not just for people who fear visiting the dentist. Perhaps you’re the type of patient who would rather do without the sights and sounds of the dentist office (you’re not alone). Consider sedation dentistry to guarantee you leave the dentist office with a smile on your face.

5. Sedation dentistry has many names.

Conscious sedation, anxiety-free dentistry, relaxation dentistry, and sleep dentistry, to name a few.

6. Insurance companies do cover some sedation dentistry.

Consult your dental insurance provider about your sedation dentistry coverage.

If fear is keeping you from visiting your dentist, or you just want to feel more comfortable during your visit, sedation dentistry might be the perfect solution for you. Just think about a visit to the dentist where you feel relaxed and ready to take care of that tooth that’s been bothering you for what seems like forever. Unheard of, right? Not anymore.

If you have questions about sedation dentistry, and would like to know more, contact us today.

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