What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry, sometimes called “sleep” dentistry, uses medication to help patients relax and “sleep” during their procedure. Unlike general anesthesia that puts you completely “under,” sedation techniques enable the patient to be responsive to certain commands while remaining comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Sedation is ideal for patients with dental anxiety or fear of needles. Once your procedure is over, you may still be drowsy, so you will need to ensure someone is available to drive you home afterward. You should also prepare to rest for the remainder of the day to allow the sedative effects to wear off completely.
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Yes, Commack Dental Design uses the safest, most advanced sedation techniques, and the dentists are experienced in using the technique for an array of treatments. Plus, you’ll be monitored while you’re being sedated so you can feel entirely confident in your care. Prior to your procedure, be sure to let your dentist know if you take medications or have any health conditions like heart disease, and also include the information on your health history.
What is the sedation procedure like?
Sedation is usually given through an IV in your arm. Once the IV is in place, medication will be delivered at a specific rate to help you drift off into a relaxed state. Most patients remember absolutely nothing of their procedure. When you wake after your procedure, you’ll be drowsy and you’ll spend some time in a recovery area for observation.
Does insurance cover the cost of sedation?
That depends on the type of insurance you have. Check with your plan administrator or ask our staff to check for you to determine your coverage limitations prior to your procedure.