Relaxing Sedation Dentistry Services
More than 40 million US adults report experiencing some level of dental phobia or anxiety, and that doesn’t include kids who are much more likely to be fearful of dental care. Unfortunately, dentists get a bad reputation. At Creative Smiles in Clintonville, our dentists and team members are friendly, gentle, and caring. However, we know from experience that some patients’ phobias need more help than just gentle care to be overcome. We offer sedation dentistry services for these very nervous and fearful patients. Our goal is to build a trusting rapport, so that maybe one day you won’t need to use sedation. We understand fearing the dentist and dental appointments is not something patients can just get rid, and we would love the opportunity to create a pain and stress free dental experience that will help you start to change your mind. If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry services from the caring dentist and team at Creative Smiles, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our dentists or knowledgeable team members would be happy to talk to you about your options over the phone, or schedule a consultation appointment to discuss possible solutions.
Who Should Consider Sedation?
Many patients associate sedation with fear, but actually, we may recommend dental sedation for patients in a variety of other situations as well, including:
- Kids who may not understand the situation, leading to unnecessary fear or anxiety
- Patients with sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflexes
- Patients who need multiple or complex dental treatments
- Patients who have difficulty staying still for long periods of time
- Patients who have cognitive or physical impairments that make dental treatment without sedation uncomfortable or unsafe
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
This mild sedative has been used for more than 100 years to provide gentle, effective sedation. Inhaled through a nasal mask throughout treatment, nitrous oxide creates a feeling of complete relaxation, and because we can adjust the dosage during your procedure, we can ensure you maintain complete comfort. Best of all, the effects of nitrous wear away as quickly as they set in, so you can go right back to your daily routine immediately following treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This is an option that allows patients to achieve a deeper level of sedation than is possible with nitrous oxide. Best of all for patients with severe anxiety, you’ll be relaxed before you ever leave home. We prescribe a sedative medication that you will take in pill form about an hour before your appointment. Throughout treatment, you’ll be fully relaxed, but as implied by the name, you’ll still be conscious and able to respond to questions. Because patients achieve a deeper, longer lasting level of sedation, they will need to have a friend or family member drive them to and from our Clintonville dentistry practice. Most patients are completely free from sedative effects 12 hours after their last dose, but sedation affects everyone differently.
What Happens if I Have a Bad Reaction?
The majority of patients who have adverse responses to sedatives will experience these reactions during their time in our office. For these patients, our dentists and team are highly trained in first aid, and we will make sure you are okay before you leave our office. A rare few patients experience minor allergic responses or other adverse effects after they leave our office, but you should contact us if you notice any changes or health concerns. We will help you receive any care you may need to ensure your safety.
Dental Sedation FAQs
If you have never undergone dental treatment while sedated, you likely have a few questions about how it works. That is why our knowledgeable team here at Creative Smiles has pulled together some of the most common questions about sedation dentistry and answered them below. If you still have questions after reading this FAQ section, do not hesitate to contact one of our expert sedation dentists in Clintonville!
What Is the Difference Between Sedation and Sleep Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry typically makes patients feel extremely relaxed and at ease but does not render them unconscious. Instead, you will be able to respond to questions or comments from your dentist throughout the procedure. Sleep dentistry, on the other hand, is when a patient is put under general anesthesia by a certified anesthesiologist and remains completely unconscious during the procedure. General anesthesia is typically only used during complex oral surgeries.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation are extremely safe ways to manage discomfort and anxiety during dental treatment. In addition, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) considers nitrous oxide to be a safe and effective sedation technique for younger patients as well.
Before scheduling treatment, one of our experienced sedation dentists in Clintonville will carefully evaluate your medical history to make sure you are a good candidate for dental sedation. During treatment, you will be continuously monitored, just in case you experience a negative reaction or the level of nitrous oxide needs to be adjusted.
What Kinds of Dental Treatments Can Be Performed Under Sedation?
A wide range of general dental treatments are commonly performed with the assistance of sedation, including:
- Wisdom tooth removal
- Dental implant placement
- Jaw surgery to treat TMJ disorder
- Bone grafting
- Emergency dental treatment
Dental sedation may be used during some preventive and cosmetic procedures as well, especially if you struggle with dental anxiety. Ask Dr. Buck about dental sedation if you are nervous about any of the following procedures:
- Porcelain veneers
- Teeth whitening
- Dental fillings
- Porcelain crowns
- Dental bonding
Can I Drive Home After I Have Been Sedated?
Whether you can drive home or not after being sedated will depend on which type of sedation your dentist uses. A major benefit of nitrous oxide is the fact that it wears off almost immediately after removing the mask. You will feel fully alert just a few minutes later and will have no trouble driving home or back to work.
If your dental treatment involves oral conscious sedation, however, you will need to arrange transportation both to and from our office. This is because oral conscious sedation is actually taken at home before your appointment and you may begin to feel its effects before you arrive. The effects of oral conscious sedation can also linger for up to 12 hours.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover Dental Sedation?
Despite its proven benefits, many dental insurance plans do not cover dental sedation. However, every insurance plan is slightly different. Before moving forward with treatment that involves dental sedation, check with your insurance provider to confirm your coverage.
If you believe you would benefit from sedation dentistry but are worried about the cost, you may want to consider low or no-interest payment plans from CareCredit. A trusted financing organization, CareCredit enables qualified patients to break up the cost of dental treatments into manageable monthly payments. Ask our staff for more details!