Sedation dentistry is a valuable tool that allows patients complete treatment with minimal pain, discomfort and anxiety. To help our patients understand more about sedation dentistry, the team at Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry created a list of commonly asked questions.
1) What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of medication during dental procedures to put patients into a relaxed stated. It allow patients suffering from dental phobias to receive the dental care they need while being relaxed, comfortable and anxiety free. This is achieved with sedatives that may be administered in a variety of ways.
2) Will I be given medication before my dental procedure?
After Dr. Spitz determines that you are a good candidate for sedation dentistry, you will likely be given oral medication to take before your appointment. You may also be given more medication as needed to help you remain relaxed and calm during and after your treatment.
3) Will I be given general anesthetic?
No, sedation dentistry is different from general anesthesia.
4) Is sedation dentistry the same as sleep dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is sometimes called sleep dentistry. However, calling sedation dentistry by the name ‘sleep dentistry’ can be misleading since patients do not actually sleep. You will be relaxed and calm, but you will not actually be sleeping and you will be responsive.
5) Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry is very safe. Although you will be sedated, you will not be unconscious and your vital signs will constantly be monitored. Dr. Spitz has a long history of utilizing sedation dentistry and been using conscious sedation methods since 2004. He is licensed within the state of Massachusetts to administer in-office conscious sedation, and has completed critical continued education classes including; a three-part conscious sedation course through DOCS, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
6) Who can benefit from sedation dentistry?
- are afraid of visiting the dentist;
- have had traumatic dental experiences;
- have difficulty getting numb;
- gag easily;
- have very sensitive teeth;
- have complex dental problems that require lengthy appointments;
- have a fear of needles and shots;
- hate the noises, smells and tastes associated with the dental office;
- are afraid and embarrassed of the condition of their teeth.
7) How much does sedation dentistry cost?
There is an additional cost to receiving sedation dentistry. This cost will be included in your treatment estimate which will be presented to you prior to beginning your treatment plan.
8) Will insurance cover sedation dentistry?
Insurance does not always cover the cost of sedation dentistry. To know for sure, you will need to talk to your insurance provider.