Sedation Dentistry – Dentist Bay Shore NY
What is Conscious Sedation Dentistry?
Dental Health is happy to offer patients who suffer from anxiety the option of sedation dentistry to alleviate their fears and keep them calm during all dental procedures. Sedation dentistry utilizes pharmacological agents to help a patient remain calm and relaxed prior to and during their dental treatment. These pharmacological agents belong to the sedative class of drugs. This means that they depress the central nervous system, specifically the areas that are concerned with conscious awareness. There are three main categories of central nervous system depression:
• Mild – The patient has reduced anxiety but can readily respond to verbal and physical stimulation from the dentist.
• Moderate – The patient is even more relaxed and will only respond to purposeful stimulation.
• Deep Sedation – The patient will be unconscious and unresponsive to stimulation.
Most sedation dentistry falls into the mild or moderate categories. Termed “conscious sedation,” this type of effect is achieved by the patient taking an oral sedative medicine. This will relax the patient by slowing down the central nervous system. Patients will still be aware of their surroundings, but they are far less receptive to any external stimulation, such as the noise of a dental drill.
Are There Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?
According to experts, fear of the dental chair is the primary reason people avoid needed oral care and treatment. Sedation dentistry can be utilized for those who have a phobia or are anxious about a dental procedure. There are varying degrees of sedation dentistry that can be utilized, depending on the severity of the patient’s anxiety.
There are four main types of dental sedation that will help patients remain comfortable during dental procedures, including:
• Oral Sedatives – Oral sedative medications can be given to patients anywhere from the night before up to 30 minutes prior to the dental treatment. While oral sedatives do not provide pain relief, they do help the patient relax and feel less anxious. Oral sedatives usually allow the patient to remain awake and aware during the procedure.
• Intravenous (IV) Sedation – This type of sedation is less commonly used than other forms, but provides the greatest level of sedation possible. Depending on the amount of sedative given, the patient may stay awake or, as with general anesthesia, may be rendered unconscious.
• Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is used to induce a state of relaxation in the patient by allowing him or her to breathe in a gas mixture that produces feelings of calm and euphoria.
• General Anesthesia – This method of sedation renders the patient unconscious. Unlike the above mentioned sedation methods, the patient will be asleep and unaware of what is going on.
If experience severe anxiety or have a phobia about dental procedures, you are not alone. Dental Health understands these common fears and is happy to offer a sedation dentistry pill that will relieve your anxiety and help you relax during the procedure.
How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
Sedation dentistry cost depends on the sedation method. Because there are several types of dental sedation methods, the prices can range from under $100 to over $1000. Typically, light to moderate conscious sedation dentistry will cost much less than general anesthesia or IV sedation.
Dental financing options are available to help patients obtain dental treatments that they would not normally consider because of the cost. The team at Dental Health recognizes the importance of your dental health, and we are happy to work with you to ensure you can afford your needed dental treatments.Dental Health is determined to provide our patients with everything they need to have a relaxed and successful dental procedure. We understand that dental procedures can be expensive, so we are happy to offer a range of financing options:
• In-House Dental Financing – Dental Health encourages patients to take advantage of our in-house dental financing option for expensive dental treatments. Our in-house dental financing option is completely tailored to meet your specific requirements.
• Dental Insurance Plans – These special insurance plans can be used to pay for a portion of certain dental procedures. If you have a dental insurance plan, please bring the information about your plan with you. We are happy to help you understand your dental insurance plan and will do whatever we can to maximize your plan each year. It is important to note that not all dental procedures are covered by dental insurance plans.
• Third Party Dental Financing – If none of the above financing options work for you, there are many financing companies who can offer dental financing options. Care-Credit is one specific third-party dental financing company that allows clients to pay for a number of treatments including dental treatments. Many Dental Health patients have taken advantage of Care-Credit to pay for their specific dental needs.
Our team believes that the cost of a dentistry procedure should not be a factor that influences whether or not you will receive it and improve your overall health. Both Dr. Brenner and Dr. are happy to work with patients to ensure they are healthy and attain the smile of their dreams.
If you are interested in our in-house dental financing or want to learn more about other dental financing options, please call our office today. Someone from our dental administration team will be happy to speak with you about payment options.
Do You Offer Sedation Dentistry Options for Children?
Children are particularly prone to being anxious and uncooperative when visiting the dentist. Dental Health can offer sedation dentistry for children to help relieve their anxiety and ensure the procedures are performed fully and properly. As with adults, sedation dentistry for children will cause the child to become extremely relaxed and even sleepy. Though relaxed, the child will still be conscious and aware; however, they will be more likely to allow the dentist to perform any necessary procedures without anxiety. If you are considering sedation dentistry for your child, be sure to speak with the team at Dental Health for more information.
What are the Side Effects of Sedation Dentistry?
Most patients who are anxious about their dental procedure will benefit from taking an oral sedative medication. They will become completely relaxed yet will still attentive. This allows the dentist to carry out the dental treatment more efficiently. It also gives the dentist the ability to perform a variety of dental procedures in a single visit. This can be done without compromising the patient’s safety or the quality of the work. Patients who have busy schedules or who wish to limit the number of visits they must make to the dentist find that this is a very good benefit.
It is important to note that no prescribed medication is without risk. There are some sedation dentistry side effects of which patients should be aware. First, patients can have different reactions to medications.Before you receive sedatives, we will have you answer a series of questions regarding your overall health and any over-the-counter or prescription drugs you may be taking. This will reduce the likelihood of any bad reactions or risks. To ensure your safety and the desired result, it is essential that you answer these questions accurately and honestly.
Once Dr. Brenner, Dr. and our clinical team obtain a thorough and accurate health history, we will monitor you throughout the entire treatment process to ensure you leave Dental Health well. We insist that after sedation dentistry,you leave our office with a companion or escort to ensure you reach your home safely.
Is There an Oral Pill I Can Take?
At Dental Health, we utilize oral sedative medication, or a pill taken by mouth, to ensure our patients who want sedative dentistry services are relaxed and no longer anxious about their procedures.You can either swallow the pill or place it under the tongue where it will dissolve. You may take the medication at home or before your procedure at the Dental Health office.
No matter what your sedation needs, we can offer solutions. Call us today to discuss your sedation options.