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Sedation FAQ

Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous and or anxious, sedation dentistry can help you get through the necessary dental procedure(s).  If you are not sure if you are a candidate ask your dentist.

Will I be unconscious?

You will not, but you will be in a state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain and your level of anxiety will be minimized if not eliminated. You may not remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you.

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No. You will feel a little groggy and "out of it" after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. 

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

All cases are different.  The amount of appointments would be determined after all records are taken to determine necessary treatment and following a thorough review of your medical history.  Oftentimes we will perform a medical consult with your physician to assure your safety. 

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. 

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