Sedation Dentistry FAQ

Yes, a relaxing anxiety free dental experience is highly desirable for all of today’s dental patients. After all, we are not accustomed to discomfort of pain. Sedation dentistry has taken dentistry to a new level, offering a means to breeze through dentistry procedures without anxiety. Let’s explore some of the common questions about sedation dentistry.

  1. How does sedation dentistry prevent dental phobia? The medication used in sedation dentistry provides a relaxed calm state of being. In fact, there are injection-free sedation medications that can be administered before or as soon as you hit the dental chair to eliminate dental phobias.
  2. How does sedation dentistry shorten treatment time for dental procedures? Because you are more relaxed during treatment with sedation dentistry, dentists can usually accomplish more in one visit. This is particularly beneficial if you require extensive restorative dentistry or for certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.  In fact, the aura that is created by sedation dentistry allows you to feel that the procedure is completed in a much shorter time- in some cases 15 minutes compared to the reality of 1 hour!
  3. Will I still require an injection in the mouth for more precise anesthesia to the treatment area? In many cases, you will receive an injection in the mouth and/or treatment area after you have received sedation medication. Since sedation dentistry elevates your pain threshold, you usually do not feel the injection. In fact, you may not even remember that you had an injection.
  4. Will sedation dentistry be covered under my insurance plan? Benefits for sedation dentistry vary among insurance carriers. Insurance carriers may be more likely to cover some dental procedures more than others. For example, treatment for periodontal disease is likely to be covered because all four quadrants of your mouth can be comfortably treated at once with sedation dentistry, but periodontal treatment may require four dental visits if you do not have sedation dentistry.
  5. What types of sedation medications are offered by dentists? Not all dentists offer sedation dentistry. Dentists that do offer sedation dentistry may use tranquillizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, or nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to perform dental procedures and some cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental implants.

Ahh! Now, imagine the feeling of utter relaxation and relief from apprehension. Not much more can be better than being at peace with dentistry. The bright white smile, healthy mouth and fresher breath can all be yours with sedation dentistry.

If you are interested in sedation dentistry, call Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas dentist that focuses on sedation dentistry, at (512) 452-9296.