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Sedation Dentistry

Who is a candidate of Sedation Dentistry at Comfort Care Dental?

People who have...

  • High fear
  • Traumatic dental experiences
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A bad gag reflex
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Complex dental problems
  • Limited time to complete dental care

People who...

  • Hate needles and shots
  • Hate the noises, smells and taste associated with dental care
  • Are afraid or embarrassed about their teeth

What else do I need to know about sedation dentistry?

  • It really works! You really can relax through your dental appointment.
  • Contrary to your fear, it's very safe!
  • You will have little or no memory of the experience. You probably won't remember any sounds or smells.
  • You will relax for up to five or six hours after taking the pill. The time you are relaxing will vary depending on your needed treatment.
  • Complex dental treatments that often require six to eight appointments at most dentists... Almost all of those can be done in as little as one at Comfort Care Dental! All while you relax!
  • People who have difficulty getting numb will find that relax dentistry eliminates this problem.
  • Administration of the sedation is very simple and there are multiple methods!

FAQ Questions about sedation

1Who is a candidate for sedation?
If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety. Some people have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well. If you are not sure if you are a candidate ask one of our dentists.
2Will I be unconscious?
No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.
3How long will I be sedated?
Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes. It's recommended that you bring along a partner or assistance that can help you get to and from your dental appointment.
4Will I be monitored?
Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.
5Are there any long term effects of sedation?
No. You will feel a little groggy and “out of it” after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.
6What procedures can be performed under sedation?
Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure.

Sedation FAQ Continued

1How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?
In most cases it only takes two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment, but may require a follow up visit.
2Will my insurance cover sedation?
In some cases if the patient is undergoing a type of oral surgery it may be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost and, if necessary, we can put together a financing plan for you.