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Typical Candidates for Sedation Dentistry Election
There are a range of benefits associated with the administration of sedation dentistry, including increased comfort, improved ability for you to cooperate with your dentist, improved gag reflex control, and improved ability to relax. Sedation dentistry will also decrease the time involved in performing the procedure, and for heavier levels of sedation, you may have no memory of the procedure being performed.
Sedation dentistry is a good option for patients who have:
- Anxiety or panic disorder
- Issues with tooth sensitivity
- Sensitive gag reflex
- A fear of needles
Sedation dentistry is also frequently provided to patients who have difficulty achieving numbness and who are having complex procedures.
Types of Sedation Offered
There are three levels of sedation we provide, which include:
- Mild Sedation: This level of sedation is typically used for patients who have mild anxiety related to having dental procedures performed. The sedation is typically administered orally and will result in the patient feeling sleepy, but still aware. In addition to oral administration, nitrous oxide inhalation is also considered to be a mild to moderate form of sedation that has similar results. It typically takes a few hours to recover from administration of this level of sedation.
- Moderate Sedation: This level of sedation is typically used for patients who have moderate to high anxiety related to having dental procedures performed, or for patients who require procedures that are complex and longer. Moderation sedation is typically administered through an IV. You will remain conscious during the procedure, but pain will be reduced and you will be in a more relaxed state. It will take several hours to recover from this level of sedation, so be sure to have someone who can drive you home following the procedure.
- Deep Sedation: This level of sedation is typically used for patients who are having intense, complex, long procedures. This level of sedation can either cause the patient to be conscious or unconscious, but patients who receive deep sedation typically have no memory of the treatment. It will take several hours to recover from this level of sedation, so be sure to have someone who can drive you home following the procedure.
The Sedation Dentistry Process
In order to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you, you will need to schedule an initial consultation, during which we will examine the overall health of your teeth, review your medical history, and determine what treatment options are best suited to your unique needs.
If it is determined that you meet the proper qualifications for sedation, we will discuss sedation level options that are most appropriate for your procedure. The sedation can be administered in the following ways:
- Orally: Oral sedation is extremely common and does not require special equipment or the use of needles. You will simply be given a pill which can be taken orally, typically one hour before your appointment. The pill will help alleviate anxiety and allow you to better relax during the procedure.
- Inhalation: Nitrous oxide is a popular method that is helpful for reducing anxiety and allowing patients to relax. An added benefit of nitrous oxide is that the recovery time is very fast, and patients can resume normal activities following the procedure.
- Intramuscularly: Intramuscular sedation injects the sedative into the upper thigh or upper arm muscles. Patients typically respond to this type of sedation very quickly.
- Intravenously: The sedative is administered directly into the vein. This level of sedation can be used during the entire procedure and can be modified to the level of making a patient drowsy to putting the patient in a state so deep they do not remember the procedure.
What Will Sedation Dentistry Cost?
There are a range of factors that can impact the final cost of your sedation, including the type of sedation you have administered, any associated procedures that will need to be performed along with treatment, as well as your insurance plan.
Our team is committed to helping you complete necessary paperwork, schedule appointments, and answer any questions you have concerning billing. For patients who have insurance plans, we do request you submit medical/dental insurance information with your New Patient Paperwork to expedite this process.
Please note: to reduce costs to our patients while still ensuring that we can provide the highest level of care, we have the following financial polices:
- We accept Discover, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express
- Full payment is due after services rendered
- Payment plan options are available via www.CareCredit.com
To determine if you have gum disease, your periodontist will measure the space between your teeth and gums. Patients who have pockets that are deeper than the average depth of three millimeters or less will be considered candidates for treating gum disease. Depending upon how severe your case is, your periodontist will suggest a follow up appointment, during which several different treatment options may be recommended.
Patients who are suffering from periodontal disease may experience gum recession. If this issue is not treated at an early stage, more complicated and serious problems can develop, as gum recession creates greater exposure of your natural teeth, which creates opportunities for bacteria to build. To address this issue, patients have historically had gum grafting, which involves removing tissue from unaffected areas and then grafting this tissue to the areas that have been affected. This is an effective method for addressing the issue of receding gums, however there is a newer and increasingly popular approach to treating receding gums, which is the Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST).
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Schedule Your Visit Today
At ROOT™ Periodontal and Implant Center, we take your health, confidence, and teeth seriously. Scheduling regular visits to maintain your teeth and gums will actively improve your overall health, and maintaining a bright and strong healthy smile will do wonders for your self-confidence. In addition to recognizing the importance of your oral health, we also understand the importance of your time, which is why we are committed to making every visit to our clinic as efficient as possible.
If you would like to learn more about our sedation options and policies, schedule an appointment or consultation today with our friendly, helpful staff, who can be reached at the following locations: Carrollton: (972) 242-7603; Flower Mound: (972) 434-8050; Denton: (940) 566-7021, or Frisco: (469) 489-ROOT.
We look forward to serving you and your smile and having you on your way as soon as possible!