Anxieties and fears about visiting the dentist are very common – in fact, some studies indicate that a large number of Americans do not undergo necessary treatment for their teeth and gums because of dental anxiety. The good news is, sedation (sleep) dentistry techniques here at the practice of Daniel Lauer, DMD can help you relax during your treatment – from dental implant surgery to laser gum surgery – and feel more comfortable than ever in the dentist’s chair.
Nitrous oxide has been successfully used in dental procedures for decades. Commonly known as “laughing gas,” this technique allows you to feel very relaxed during your treatment. Although nitrous oxide does not put you into a deep sleep, it’s not unheard of for patients to drift off into a light sleep after the gas has been administered. Nitrous oxide usually takes effect after about 20 seconds of breathing the gas through a nasal apparatus. There are typically no after-effects from this sedation dentistry technique, and it should not add to your recovery time. Patients with certain medical conditions may not be able to have nitrous oxide during treatment; Dr. Lauer will talk with you about your options at your initial appointment.
The cost of sedation dentistry will ultimately depend on the method that is chosen. Dr. Lauer is very focused on the overall patient experience and the majority of treatments performed at Precision Periodontics and Implant Dentistry include sedation at no additional charge to the patient. The best sedation dentistry technique for your needs will depend on factors like your medical history, the treatment(s) being performed, and how long the procedure(s) may take.
Insurance providers typically do not cover elective sedation dentistry techniques, as they are not considered necessary. However, our staff can help you determine if your insurance will assist in the total cost. Additionally, if you would like to learn about our dental financing options, we can help you with the application process.
Any side effects following a treatment with sedation dentistry are typically mild and quickly fade. With oral conscious sedation, you will feel drowsy and cannot drive after treatment. All of the details will be explained prior to any surgical treatment at our office which will include helping our patients make arrangements for a ride to and from their appointment. Although you will be awake during treatment, the pill typically provides an amnesic effect, which many patients appreciate as they will not remember their procedure. Nitrous oxide, on the other hand, typically wears off soon after the mask has been removed. A more comprehensive overview of your potential side effects following sedation will be discussed with you during your initial appointment.
If you would like more information on sedation dentistry, please contact Precision Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. We will be happy to answer your questions.