If you are searching for sedation dentistry in Jacksonville, FL, we’ve compiled some useful information about the different options of dental sedation available.
What is sedation dentistry?
Maintaining good oral health is important for your overall health. But many people resist going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety. We can help alleviate fear through sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures. It can be used for everything from simple tooth cleanings to more extensive procedures like root canals. The whole purpose of using sedation is to make you as comfortable and relaxed as possible allowing your dentist to work more efficiently.
Who would benefit from sedation dentistry?
Good candidates for sedation during dental procedures are patients who may
- have fear and anxiety about going to the dentist;
- have a low pain threshold;
- have a severe gag reflex;
- need a large amount of dental work completed.
What are the sedation options?
There are four dental sedation methods. It’s important to discuss these with your dentist to determine which one would be the best for you.
Oral Sedatives – An oral medication (pill or tablet) taken before your appointment. This produces drowsiness but not a complete sleep. You remain calm, yet awake and alert throughout the dental treatment. You are able to breathe on your own without the fear and anxiety you might otherwise experience.
Inhaled Sedation or Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a gas that is combined with oxygen that you breathe through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas will help you relax almost immediately. Your dentist will watch you carefully and control the amount of gas you receive to keep you in the relaxed state.
IV Conscious Sedation – This form of sedation is administered intravenously. It works almost immediately and will cause you to be deeply relaxed. You will still be able to follow commands, such as opening your mouth. With IV sedation, most patients have little or no memory of the visit.
General Anesthesia – Performed in a hospital, this form of sedation will make you either almost unconscious or totally unconscious during the procedure. While you are under general anesthesia, you cannot easily be awakened until the effects of the anesthesia wear off or are reversed with medication.
How Safe Is Sedation Dentistry?
Dental sedation is very safe. The American Dental Association “strongly supports the right of appropriately trained dentists” to use sedation to treat patients, saying it is safe and effective when properly administered.
Normal healthy adults should have no problems with dental sedation. Certain health problems and medications may prevent you from one or more of the options. However, you should discuss any concerns you may have with your dentist prior to your visit.
How much does sedation dentistry cost?
Using sedation for dental procedures can impact the total cost of your procedure. However, when sedation is used, patients are more comfortable and dental treatments can often be completed in fewer appointments.
We do accept most PPO dental insurances and offer a few different financing options. Dental anxiety and fear can take over a patient even before they come to the dentist. The most common fears, anxieties, or phobias experienced are from injections, gagging, pain, and being out of control. Talk to us about your fears so we can help you manage them.