Fear And Loathing The Dentist Office: 3 Things To Know About Sedation Dentistry

20 December 2017
 Categories: Dentist, Blog


Visiting your dentist for regular checkups is important to keep your smile clean and healthy while reducing your risk of future issues such as decay and gum disease. Unfortunately, an estimated 30 to 60 million Americans have anxiety that prevents them from seeing their dentist. This fear leads cosmetic issues and the possibility of more involved issues affecting the oral health. If you suffer from this fear, sedation dentistry may be the right solution for you. Here are a few things you need to know about sedation dentistry.

Various Options

One of the most important things you need to know is if there are multiple options available for sedation at the dentist. The options range from mild and moderate to deep, which is a complete sleep.

Anxiolysis is a mild form of sedation that involves inhaling nitrous oxide. Also known as "laughing gas," this form of sedation ensures you have an overall feeling of well-being during your exam or procedure. Oral medications may also serve as mild sedatives.

A depressed level of consciousness can be achieved through moderate sedation. This is administered intravenously or through an injection directly into the muscles.

Deep sedation involves IV sedation and general anesthesia. If using this sedation, you may or may not require breathing assistance while under.

Before and After Care

When you decide to use sedation, your dentist will offer recommendations to follow according to the specific type of sedative that will be used.

Before taking any sedative, make sure to notify your dentist of any medications you are currently taking. Your dentist should also have a detailed medical record that lists your allergies and medical conditions.

No matter which type of sedation used, you will not feel completely like yourself after the procedure. You may feel tired and weak, so it is important to have a friend or family member come to your dentist appointment. This will ensure you have a safe mode of transportation after the procedure.


Most dental insurance providers will cover all or a portion of the cost for different treatments. However, the insurance company may not pay the cost for your sedation.

Sedation dentistry is often considered an optional procedure, so you will most likely be responsible for this fee. If your dentist believes the sedation is medically necessary to complete the procedure, your insurance may approve the additional expense.

More and more people are seeing the benefits of sedation while undergoing basic treatments to improve their oral health. By knowing these facts, you will have a better understanding of your options. Contact a local general dentistry office for more information and assistance.