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Millions of people experience dental anxiety. For many, the fear is very intense and it may cause them to avoid visiting the dentist entirely. If you’re unable to relax and feel comfortable while at the dentist, consider having sedation dentistry in Union. With this service, it’s possible to have a stress-free experience while receiving the dental care you need.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, also called sleep dentistry, refers to a variety of methods dentists use to help you feel calm and more relaxed during dental treatment. Examples include oral sedation dentistry, IV sedation dentistry, and laughing gas. With the exception of general anesthesia, patients remain awake and are able to interact with their dentist during dental sedation. Sedation for dental treatment can be used for many types of procedures, from routine tooth cleanings to more invasive, complex treatments.
What Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
The sedation dentistry cost is based on the unique needs of each patient. Most forms of sleep dentistry are affordable, but we encourage you to contact our office and ask about available financing plans, which can help make dental sedation fit your budget.
Why Choose Dental Sedation?
Many patients avoid receiving dental care due to dental anxiety and fear of visiting the dentist. With the help of dental sedation, it’s possible to feel relaxed and completely at ease while receiving the treatment you need. Call our office today to learn more about our relaxing sedation dentistry in Union.
Types of Sleep Dentistry
Potential sedation dentistry options:
Nitrous oxide: Also known as “laughing gas,” this method involves breathing in nitrous oxide through a mask, helping you feel relaxed almost immediately. Your dentist controls how much gas you receive, and you remain conscious throughout your procedure.
Oral sedation dentistry: With this method, you’ll take a pill shortly before your dental procedure. Most patients are prescribed Halcion, which is quite similar to Valium. The pill will make you feel sleepy, although you’ll still be awake during the procedure. Some patients feel groggy enough to lightly fall asleep.
IV sedation dentistry: This sedation method involves receiving a sedative medication through a vein, helping it work quickly as enters your bloodstream.
Deep sedation: During this type of sedation, your dentist will give you a medication to help you fall into a deep sleep during your procedure. Deep sedation is typically reserved for surgical dental procedures on your mouth or jaw.
We provide multiple dental sedation options to best meet the needs of our patients and our office will be glad to review and make the recommendation that best suits your situation.
What Are the Benefits of Sleep Dentistry?
Eliminating the fear and anxiety associated with visiting the dentist so you can receive the care you need is the main benefit of dental sedation. If you have a sensitive gag reflex, you can feel comfortable during treatment without feeling the need to choke or gag. Dental sedation also enables you to undergo any dental procedure pain-free, making it beneficial for patients who have a fear of needles. In addition, dental sedation is a great option if you need a large amount of dental treatment, helping the dentist accomplish more in fewer dental visits.
Is Dental Sedation Covered by Insurance?
Sedation dentistry insurance coverage varies. For most patients, coverage usually depends on whether sedation is deemed medically necessary. We recommend checking with your insurance provider before receiving dental sedation.
How Long Does Dental Sedation Last?
How long sedation for dental treatment lasts ultimately depends on which dental sedation method you receive. The effects of nitrous oxide usually wear off very quickly, and most patients can drive themselves home afterward. However, it can take hours for the effects of oral sedation and IV sedation dentistry to wear off. You’ll need someone else to drive you home after receiving these types of sedation methods.
Don’t let the fear of visiting the dentist interfere with your oral health. By offering safe sedation dentistry in Union, our dentists can provide the dental care you need in a relaxed and stress-free environment. Call us today to make your appointment.