Dr. Seidler and his team understand the fear and anxiety that some patients have when undergoing dental treatment, and to help our patients to learn more about sedation dentistry, below are several of the most common questions asked of us regarding sedation or relaxation dentistry. We will make every effort to make our patients both comfortable and relaxed during their time with us.
- What type of sedation dentistry does Dr. Seidler offer?
- Who will administer the sedation?
- Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
- What are some common side effects of sedation dentistry? How long will I be relaxing?
- Will someone need to accompany me to my dental appointment?
- Will my insurance cover sedation treatment?
What type of sedation dentistry does Dr. Seidler offer?
While there are many types of sedation, Dr. Seidler offers oral and I.V. sedation dentistry.
Who will administer the sedation?
Dr. Seidler is trained in oral and IV conscious sedation and administers the relaxant drugs to the patient using specific protocols.
Who is a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry can benefit a wide range of patients, including people with:
- High dental anxiety and fear
- A severe gag reflex
- Time constraints – those who need to get more dentistry done in fewer visits
- Chronic or acute jaw soreness
- Physical limitations such as back and neck problems
- Difficulty getting numb
- A reluctance to previously complete treatment plans
- Extensive treatment needs
- A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are fully relaxed
What are some common side effects of Sedation Dentistry?
Amnesia — Due to the amnesic effects of many of the medications, patients remember little or nothing of their dental appointments. This is very appealing for those patients who are highly fearful and anxious.
Less Post-Operative Soreness — When patients are afraid, their threshold for pain is much lower. Fear and anxiety trigger the release of certain chemicals in the brain, like adrenaline, which put a patient’s “fight or flight” instincts on high alert. They anticipate that something is going to hurt and so they tense their muscles, even if it is subconsciously, leading to additional soreness post-treatment. With dental sedation, a patient’s apprehension and hypersensitivity to pain is virtually eliminated, thus reducing the likelihood and severity of post-operative discomfort.
Dry Mouth – The sedatives administered during a sedation appointment decrease salivary flow and allow Dr. Seidler to perform treatment in a dryer environment.
How long will I be relaxing?
Depending on your treatment needs, usually from two to six hours. You will rest for 3 to 4 hours when you get home also, most likely.
Will someone need to accompany me to my dental appointment?
Yes, due to the sedative effects of the medication, you will need someone to drive you to our office and home again.
Will my insurance cover sedation treatment?
We’ll review your insurance coverage and, if necessary, make financial arrangements to insure you get the dental care you need.