Can You Help Me Feel Less Nervous at the Dentist?
The dentist’s office probably isn’t your favorite place to be, and we understand. Many patients feel anxious or afraid when faced with upcoming treatment. That’s why our team does everything we can to create an engaging, friendly experience for you. But if that isn’t enough to ease your nerves, calming sedation dentistry can be provided as well. These techniques are designed to encourage relaxation and create a smoother, safer treatment process overall. Interested in sedation dentistry? Please contact Brown & Nawrocki Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry today to schedule your first appointment, or if you have any questions. Located in Ormond Beach, FL, our practice also serves the surrounding areas of Ormond-by-the-Sea, FL and beyond.
Do I Need Sedation Dentistry?
If any of the following sound familiar, to you sedation dentistry could be the right fit.
- Do you regularly struggle with scheduling dental appointments because of nervousness or outright fear?
- Do you have trouble sitting still and/or holding your mouth open for prolonged periods of time?
- Do you have trouble becoming numb with local anesthetic?
- Do you have an overly sensitive gag reflex?
- Are you in need of multiple, complex procedures that need to be completed in a single appointment?
What are the Types of Sedation Dentistry?
- Oral conscious sedation can create a deep state of relaxation for patients in need; in some cases, you may even experience partial or full amnesia in regards to the appointment itself. Our team will provide a prescription for an oral sedative, as well as instructions on when to take it. Patients will need an escort to bring them both to and from our office on the day of their procedure.
- Nitrous oxide (also commonly referred to as “laughing gas”) is a milder sedative that patients breathe in through a nasal mask. After a few minutes, you should begin to feel calmer and more content. The most valuable benefit of this technique is that its effects wear off just as quickly as they begin, meaning patients can return to their regular routines right away without any trouble.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Reading through the above information is a great place to start if you’re interested in sedation dentistry in Ormond Beach. However, if you still have a few questions on your mind, that’s okay! If you’d like to speak directly with our team, don’t hesitate to get in touch. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to do a bit more research online first, then keep reading!
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Sedation dentistry has been extensively researched and is considered safe when administered by a qualified professional. To ensure this calming treatment option is right for you, our sedation dentist in Ormond Beach will review your medical history, current medications, and other factors that will influence your candidacy. Plus, your blood pressure, oxygen levels, and heart rate will be monitored at all times during your procedure to ensure your safety.
Will I remember anything with dental sedation?
Possibly! Although you’re awake with oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide, many patients feel so calm that they end up drifting off to sleep. While you can be easily awakened, you definitely won’t remember those parts of your treatment. Plus, sedation dentistry offers slight anterograde amnesia, which will make your memories a little fuzzy. The good news is that this helps alleviate dental anxiety at future appointments, making each experience better and better.
What does it feel like to be sedated at the dentist?
The answer to this question depends largely on the type of sedation dentistry you’re receiving. For example, nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) often makes patients feel relaxed, euphoric, and light. On the other hand, oral conscious sedation results in a deeper sense of calm, causing patients to feel “heavy” and sleepy. Both options will keep your anxiety at bay, allowing you to fully relax throughout your time in the treatment chair.
Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?
In cases where sedation dentistry is “medically necessary,” like for patients who have a disability or those who are undergoing exceptionally complex treatment, then your dental insurance provider will likely partially or fully cover the cost. However, for routine treatments (including root canals) and patients who struggle with mild to moderate dental-related anxiety, it’s often considered a “luxury” service. If you’re interested in sedation dentistry but aren’t familiar with the fine print on your dental plan, don’t hesitate to let our team know! We would be happy to walk you through the ins and outs of your coverage.
Is sedation dentistry worth it?
If you have been putting off much-needed dental care or need extensive dental work done, then sedation dentistry is absolutely worth it. At your initial consultation, we can review all of the benefits, discuss any concerns you have, and walk you through what to expect. Plus, we will review all of the financial options, including flexible financing and special offers, to ensure the cost fits into your budget as well.