What to Expect Following a Procedure with Dental Sedation
The aftereffects of dental sedation and necessary aftercare steps can vary depending on several factors, including what type of sedation was administered (mild, medium, or deep), how invasive the procedure was, and your body’s natural reaction to the sedation. Patients who receive nitrous oxide will typically stop feeling side effects almost as soon as the gas is turned off, whereas other types of sedation (especially IV sedation) will leave a patient feeling groggy and slightly off balance for a few hours. In most cases, it will be necessary to arrange for someone to drive you home following your procedure, so be sure to ask your periodontist whether this will be necessary prior to having a procedure performed.
How Much Does Dental Sedation Cost?
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, we are committed to making sure you understand what the cost of treatment will be and will do everything we can to help you maximize your dental health benefits and explore third-party financing plans if necessary. One of our business coordinators will be happy to conduct a complimentary benefits analysis for you when you are in the office.
If you do not have insurance and are concerned about the cost of periodontal care, you are not alone. We understand that cost of periodontal treatment is one of the biggest concerns our patients have and are committed to ensuring our patients receive the care they deserve, and that cost of treatment does not prevent this from happening. To learn more about all the financial options we offer, contact our office today.
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What Levels and Types of Dental Sedation are Available?
To ensure our patients are comfortable and receive the care they deserve, we are proud to offer a range of dental sedation options designed to meet your unique needs and ensure the procedure being performed is done so as efficiently as possible.
Patients who have mild anxiety at the prospect of having a dental procedure performed, or who are having a procedure performed that involves a slight amount of pain may be given a mild level of sedation, which is typically administered in the form of a pill. This pill is typically given prior to the procedure and can be taken approximately one hour before your appointment. This sedative is designed to put you in a more relaxed state of mind, ensuring that you remain calm as the procedure occurs, which in turn improves our ability to efficiently provide you with care. Side effects of oral sedation are typically gone within a few hours.
Patients who have a higher level of anxiety, difficulty achieving numbness, and/or are scheduled for a more invasive procedure may be given a moderate level of dental sedation, which is typically administered as a gas. Every patient reacts slightly differently to Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), but most people experience a deepened level of relaxation and a slightly altered state of mind. One of the unique benefits of Nitrous Oxide is that side effects wear off quickly, which means you can drive yourself home after a brief waiting period following the procedure.
Deep sedation is typically administered through an IV and is reserved only for patients whose anxiety at having a procedure performed is so great that they avoid having treatment altogether. Patients will typically be asleep throughout the procedure and/or will have no memory of the procedure even happening. If you are scheduled to have deep sedation, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.
Personalized Care and High Quality Services
At Periodontic Associates of Port Huron, you can be confident that you will have an unparalleled dental experience. Our team of experienced and dedicated professionals are committed to providing the highest level of periodontal support and taking time to get to know our patients. We believe that developing this level of trust and open communication is an essential component to understanding your unique needs and providing you with optimal care.
If you have additional questions about dental sedation or would like to schedule an appointment, new patients can contact us at (810) 412-1044 and current patients can contact us at (810) 987-1400.