Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

Dental Sedation – Is it Right for You?

Sedation dentistry is when you have dental treatment with an altered state of consciousness.

There are varying levels of sedation, and most of the ones used in dentistry is considered minimal to moderate.

Minimal sedation happens with laughing gas. Administering nitrous oxide helps you relax, but it doesn’t make you unconscious at all. If anything, you just feel very giddy and happy despite treatment that might otherwise make you anxious.

Moderate sedation keeps the a person awake, but their words are slurred and their memory is foggy when the sedation wears off. This kind is typically achieved with an oral medication or an IV drip for longer procedures.

With so many dental offices now claiming to offer “sleep dentistry,” you’re probably wondering if you should give it a try.

Who Can Benefit from Sedation?

Sedation, or “sleep dentistry,” is great for those who:

  • Cannot endure discomfort
  • Suffer from extreme dental anxiety or fear
  • Need a lot of treatment done at once
  • Have a very sensitive gag reflex
  • Have difficulty sitting still for a long period of time

If you suffer from any of those situations, then sedation dentistry could make your next dental experience a pleasantly brief one.

Is Sedation Safe for You?

Dental sedation is safe when administered by properly trained and certified professionals. But there is always a small risk with this procedure. You may be at even higher risk if you struggle with sleep apnea or obesity. Be sure to review your medical history with your dentist, first.

In the end, the benefits of sedation far outweigh the risks if it will help you get the dental treatment you need. But despite being considered safe, sedation is not given arbitrarily upon request.

Get advice from your doctor and dentist about whether sedation is safe for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jul
15

Getting Sedation for Dental Treatment – Is It Worth It?

Lots of dental offices advertise sedation dentistry as a way to just sleep through treatment.

Sleep dentistry, however, is actually a term for taking medication that helps you relax during treatment. It doesn’t put you to sleep.

Like any other medical procedure that uses sedation, there are some (rare) risks involved. So the decision to have dental sedation is not one to be made lightly.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Dental patients primarily need sedatives to help them relax if they have incapacitating phobias or anxiety.

Taking a sedative is also a great way to get through a rather lengthy procedure. You may have a hard time keeping your mouth open and staying comfortable through the extraction of all four wisdom teeth, for example.

Sedation may be necessary in any other situation where the patient can’t sit still for long.

Who Should Have Dental Sedation?

Sedation dentistry is usually recommended for:

  • People with anxiety
  • Lengthy or multiple dental procedures in a single visit
  • Small children
  • People with a disability that prevents them from staying calm during treatment

Is Sedation Right for You?

Talk with your dentist before you pin your hopes on having sedation during your next dental procedure.

Discuss any concerns you have about treatment and review your entire health history. This means going over any and all prescription and over-the-counter medications you’re taking. Medication and even certain medical conditions can rule out some sedative options all together.

Sleep dentistry isn’t exactly the luxury experience it’s made out to be. If you have no problem sitting through dental procedures, then you may not need to bother with sedation, at all. Decide with your dentist whether or not sedation is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Feb
16

3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Sleep Dentistry

Whether you plan for a little routine dental work or a major procedure with an oral surgeon, you want to know what to expect when it comes to sleep dentistry.

Here are four important questions to discuss with your care provider well before you schedule treatment.

  1. What should I do to prepare?

You can’t just walk in off the street and magically fall asleep for dental treatment. Before you can have any kind of sedation, you’ll need to carefully plan things out with your dentist.

For example, some medications require that you come in on an empty stomach. What you eat and when you take your regular medications can also affect the kind of sedation you have and what time to schedule your treatment.

Additionally, your sedative may require that you take it well before arriving for your procedure. This means you’d need to arrange for a friend to bring you to the dental office.

  1. Will I be conscious?

Not all “sleep dentistry” means that you’ll be completely knocked out. Most dental procedures can be done under a very mild sedation that keeps you conscious. The medications help you relax and forget about the stress of treatment.

Complex procedures like jaw surgery may require general anesthesia which does put you “fully under.”

  1. Could my current medications interact with the sedative?

Some sedatives can be dangerous if taken along with certain other meds. Your dentist will carefully review your medical history before prescribing a sedation technique. But it doesn’t hurt to get ahead and start asking now. The sooner you clear things up, the better.

Don’t hesitate to ask any other questions that come to mind!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

Oct
30

How to Numb Your Teeth Without a Needle

Dental treatment can be scary. Dentists aim to make patients as comfortable as possible with the help of local anesthesia. But getting the numbing shot might be the scariest part of the appointment for you!

Happily, there are some ways to comfortably sit through your procedure without being in morbid fear of that nasty needle.

  1. The Wand

This anesthesia device uses a computer to monitor the rate of drug flow. It looks like a lightweight pen and results in very specific application. Patients usually don’t feel a thing when a dentist uses the Wand to numb a tooth.

  1. Take A “Topical” Retreat

You don’t have to go straight for the pinch of the needle. Most dentist who provide numbing shots first place a little topical numbing jelly on the gums where the needle is supposed to go. This way, it won’t sting when you do get the shot.

Keep in mind that the numbing jelly in itself probably won’t be enough to numb your tooth for a procedure. It really is only skin-deep!

  1. Numb Your Senses

Plenty of dental offices offer dental sedation techniques that help dull your perception of pain. Laughing gas or an oral sedative can help you relax your way through any scary situation. A little sedation will ease your anxiety and make it easier to get the shot.

A numbing shot is almost always essential if you want to dull pain during a dental appointment. It’s the best way to deliver the medicine directly to the nerves of your teeth. But talking with your dentist will help you figure out other ways of working around the pinch of the needle!

Posted on behalf of:
Horizon Dental Care
1615 Williams Dr.
Georgetown, TX 78628
512-864-9911

Oct
8

Will My Insurance Cover Dental Sedation?

Sedation as used in dentistry can help patients who:

  • Need lengthy or multiple treatments
  • Have a hard time sitting still in the dental chair
  • Suffer from dental phobia
  • Can’t tolerate needles

You may be thinking about getting sedation to improve your next dental treatment experience. Whether laughing gas, an oral medication, or an IV drip, there’s a method that’s sure to fit your needs. But who is going to foot the bill? 

Dental Sedation Insurance Coverage

Most insurances treat sedation therapy as an unnecessary “extra” in dental care. Veneers, teeth whitening, and dental sedation tend to be lumped together in the luxury category. If you want to try a sedative method, then you’ll likely have to pay for that out of pocket.

Medical insurance may pick up the cost if sedation is absolutely necessary to ensure you get the dental treatment you need. Your dental insurance may also provide some coverage, but the sedation cost will probably be taken out of your regular dental benefits.

Your best bet is to contact your insurer directly to find out what benefits you’re entitled to and even to get a pre-determination.

How To Afford Dental Sedation

You may try a dental savings plan which doesn’t cap your benefits but helps you get a discount on any procedure. Talk with your local dental office about in-office financing and payment plans that can make sedation dentistry a reality. Some types of sedation are more affordable than others!

Don’t let worry over the cost of dental sedation hold you back from giving it a try. Your dental office will help you find the best way to afford any procedure you need.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

Jul
12

5 Ways to Cope with Dental Anxiety

It can be almost impossible to ignore that sense of dread that accompanies you to each dental visit. If your efforts to ignore dental anxiety haven’t been working out, try these suggestions:

  1. Distract Yourself With Music

It’s perfectly fine to bring along a set of earbuds and an audiobook or soothing playlist. Make sure you talk with your dental team about how they can communicate with you during the procedure, if necessary.

  1. Book Your Appointment As Early As Possible

Anxiety levels tend to be lowest when you are well-rested. Your appointment will only be harder on you if you have more time in the day to think about it.

It’s also a good idea to avoid packing too many activities in the same day as your dental visit. That would cause you more stress just by trying to run on time for everything.

  1. Keep Warm!

If you’re chilly, then you’re more likely to feel nervous and uncomfortable. Snuggle up with a warm blanket from home, if that helps you feel better.

  1. Ask About Dental Sedation

There are many options out there for medically alleviating anxiety. In the dental office, these usually include:

– Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)

– Prescription oral sedatives

– I.V.-administered sedation

Once you try sedation dentistry, you’ll wonder what you were so afraid of, to begin with!

  1. Voice Your Concerns To Your Dentist

Your dentist has a lot of experience, but you’ll be able to trust him or her even more after simply vocalizing your questions and concerns.

Make an appointment with your local dentist to find out more ways to kick your dental fears out the door – for now or for good!

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Jan
10

The Cost of Dental Anesthesia

As long as modern dentistry has existed, so have the various methods for making it more comfortable. Today, there are increasingly more options available. From simple injections to general sedation, you can choose whichever technique suits you the best.

Your next concern is likely: how much will this cost?

Almost all dental treatment involves the use of local anesthesia. This has typically been known as “novocaine.” In actuality, many other kinds of anesthetics are used such as lidocaine and prilocaine. The numbing injection is typically included in the cost of your procedure.

Next on the list is nitrous oxide. Better known as laughing gas, nitrous will help you relax well before you feel the pinch of a needle. Some dental offices charge for nitrous oxide use by the hour and others by the appointment session. You can expect a rough estimate of about $50, give or take.

Oral sedation is the technique that’s gaining wide popularity. A small dose of medicine may be all you need to make the whole appointment a blur. The types and amounts of medications vary in cost, but you might expect the price tag to be around a couple hundred dollars.

Lastly, intravenous sedation is the most expensive and most thorough sedation dentistry method coming in around $400 for the first hour. Any additional hours will probably have a reduced rate.

These are all very general estimates. What you might actually pay depends on where your office is located and what services they offer. You can do your part by researching in advance what your insurance covers.

More and more general dentists are offering sedation therapy to make dental care accessible to more people who need it. Find out more by contacting your local dental office.

Posted on behalf of:
Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
(913) 649-5017

Dec
6

6 Reasons to Give Dental Sedation a Try

What comes to mind when you hear ads for sedation dentistry? Like any reasonable person, you probably wonder whether sedation dentistry is safe and worth checking out.

Sedation dentistry is no gimmick – here are 6 reasons you shouldn’t be quick to pass it up.

  1. Sedation can allow your dentist to get more done.

Your dentist is very concerned with keeping you comfortable during treatment. Sedation can help you to relax enough that your dentist has the peace of mind to work more efficiently without the constant worry of making you uncomfortable.

  1. There’s an option for just about everyone.

Sedation has different levels. You don’t have to be out cold…unless you want to be! There is a method and amount of sedation that can suit just about any need, age, and comfort level.

  1. Sleep through your treatment!

Depending on the method you choose, sedation can let you basically sleep through your procedure. You won’t remember much, if anything at all.

  1. Reduce anxiety on your system.

Stress is bad for your body. If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation will keep you from feeling drained after a tense procedure.

  1. Say goodbye to trouble with needles.

Whether you are scared of injections or just have a hard time getting numb, sedation can improve the experience either way.

  1. Get a lot done in one appointment.

Dental sedation can save you time. When you’re nice and relaxed, you can get multiple procedures done in one sitting instead of scheduling several appointments.

Dental sedation comes in many forms. Ask your dentist about the options available in your area to find out which one is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Enamel Dentistry
2717 S Lamar Blvd #1086
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 717-5315

Sep
20

Laughing Gas: Safe for Kids!

More commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrogen and oxygen. The two gases are administered in carefully controlled amounts through a small mask that rests over the patient’s nose.

Laughing gas has been used for decades in dentistry. How does it safely work for kids?

What Happens at the Appointment

The team will explain things as simply as possible for your child. Before any work is done, your son or daughter will be comfortably breathing in the combination of gases and feeling very relaxed. A local anesthetic may then be given, if needed for the procedure. Once treatment is over, the nitrogen is switched off. Your child will leave the office with no side-effects.

Laughing gas:

  • Is not retained in the body
  • Does not affect your child’s ability to move and communicate
  • Is immediately reversible
  • Helps kids relax and feel silly!

Training is Essential

As with any other anesthesia technique, there is a measure of risk connected to the use of laughing gas. This risk is very minimal when the dental team is well trained and licensed. As long as the dental team is properly educated and experienced in the technique, then you can trust that the procedure will be safe.

Get Started

If a little sedation would help your child relax in the dental chair, then nitrous oxide could do the trick. Discuss the matter with your primary dentist. If the office has not been set up to accommodate the unique needs of children, then your dentist will refer you to a qualified pediatric dentist.

Wishing you all the best in your efforts to find the perfect dental care for your family!

Posted on behalf of:
Southern Charm Dental
7119 FM 1464 #312
Richmond, TX 77407
(832) 648-3685

Sep
15

What is Conscious Sedation?

Did you know that it’s possible to be only partially sedated?

Conscious sedation means that you aren’t totally unaware of what’s going on. What is it and how is it used in dentistry?

How Conscious Sedation is Achieved

Your dentist will prescribe a medication that you take a couple of hours in advance of treatment. The medication will make you sleepy, but it doesn’t make you completely unconscious!

It alters your awareness so that you don’t feel as much pain, discomfort, or anxiety.

What Conscious Sedation Feels Like

After taking the medication, you should feel very drowsy. You’ll feel groggy and probably won’t care too much about what’s going on around you!

Some patients fall asleep from the medication. But for the most part, you should stay alert for the procedure. You’ll be able to answer questions and follow directions.

The best part is that by the time the sedation wears off, you likely won’t remember a thing. You’ll feel as if you just woke up from a nap, and you may have only a vague recollection of the treatment process.

Is Conscious Sedation for You?

Conscious sedation has been safely used in dentistry for many years. If you suffer from:

  • Dental phobia
  • Anxiety
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • An inability to sit still long enough for successful treatment

…then conscious sedation can help you to relax and enjoy the highest standard of dental care. Your dentist will work carefully with your doctor to ensure that you are prescribed a sedative that works safely with your current medications and health conditions.

Ask your local dentist for more information!

Posted on behalf of:
Riverheart Family Dentistry
8618 Mexico Road
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 205-4045

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