When it comes to dental sedation, most people think it can only be used for people who need invasive dental procedures or surgery. However, it’s commonly used for patients who experience dental anxiety and are afraid of going to the dentist.

With many sedation options available, choosing sedation dentistry in Northern New Jersey can make visiting the dentist a more enjoyable, relaxing experience.

What Should I Know About Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to numerous safe and effective sedating options you can receive to help you feel at ease while receiving dental treatment. During sedation for dental treatment, your dentist will administer medication or gas before beginning the procedure. Examples include IV sedation dentistry, laughing gas, and oral sedation dentistry, and you can receive dental sedation whether you need a routine or more invasive dental procedure. Despite also being called sleep dentistry, you’ll stay awake while receiving dental sedation, with the exception of general anesthesia.

What Is My Sedation Dentistry Cost?

For most patients, their sedation dentistry cost depends on several factors, including how long the dental procedure takes and the type of sedation used. However, there are many affordable forms of sleep dentistry, and we encourage you to ask about available financing options to help you manage out-of-pocket costs.

Why Use Dental Sedation?

Our dentists recommend dental sedation for a variety of reasons, including dental anxiety, having a low pain tolerance, or if you’ve put off receiving dental care due to feeling afraid. Give us a call today to learn how our helpful sedation dentistry in Northern New Jersey can allow you have a stress-free experience during your appointment.

Are There Different Types of Sleep Dentistry?

There are several different dental sedation options:

Laughing gas: If you choose laughing gas, this option isn’t meant to make you fall asleep, so you can expect to be awake and relaxed shortly after beginning treatment. If necessary, you’ll be able to communicate with your dentist, who can easily manage the level of sedation you receive.

Oral sedation dentistry: With oral sedation, you’ll take a prescription medication to induce a feeling of relaxation. Most patients are prescribed Halcion, a Valium-like medication. It’s recommended to take the medication within an hour of your appointment. You can expect to feel sleepy after taking the medication, and it’s common for patients to lightly fall asleep during treatment.

IV sedation dentistry: During IV sedation, a medication is injected into your bloodstream, allowing it to help you feel relaxed quickly.

Deep sedation: While under deep sedation, you’ll be under general anesthesia. Your dentist will administer a medication to induce a state of deep sleep, which ensures that you’ll remain unconscious during treatment.

Your dentist will help you choose from several different forms of sedation dentistry based on your preferences and individual needs.

Sleep Dentistry Advantages

One of the main advantages of dental sedation is that it can ease the anxiety of patients who feel nervous about going to the dentist. Dental sedation can also prevent sensitive gag reflexes, helping patients have a comfortable dental visit. If you’re concerned about feeling pain during your procedure or have a fear of needles, sedation can help you have a stress-free visit. A further benefit of sedation dentistry is that it’s ideal for anyone who might need a lot of dental work. Since the dentist is able to accomplish more during treatment, it’s sometimes possible to receive the care you need in one visit instead of many.

Is Dental Sedation Covered by Insurance?

Many insurance companies consider dental sedation an elective treatment, categorizing it similar to cosmetic dental procedures. However, sedation that is deemed medically necessary generally qualifies for coverage. Before receiving sedation treatment, we encourage you to ask your provider if they offer sedation dentistry insurance.

How Long Are the Effects of Dental Sedation?

How long it takes for the effects of sedation for dental treatment to completely wear off is based on which form of sedation you receive. The majority of patients receiving laughing gas are able to drive home at the end of their appointment. Once you’re no longer breathing in laughing gas, its effects subside very quickly, making it safe to drive home. Unlike laughing gas, the effects of stronger sedation methods, such as oral sedation and IV sedation dentistry, can take many hours to wear off. If you receive either of these sedation methods, you’ll need someone to drive you home after your appointment.

If you’ve been avoiding dental work due to fear and anxiety over visiting the dentist, relaxing sedation dentistry in Northern New Jersey can be a life-changing experience. Our dental sedation options eliminate the stress and fear you may feel about receiving dental work. Call our office today for more information.

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