More often than not, a visit to the dentist for dental treatments can cause extreme anxiety for many people. Although our professional team always uses gentle care with all our patients, some people will still feel very nervous when having dental work done. At Red Oak Family Dentistry, we are equipped with medical sedation options that will help you ease your worry. We will work with you to determine which sedation option best suits your needs.
One of the methods we offer is IV sedation, which is a liquid administered to patients with high anxiety levels. This method will completely relax the patient so they are comfortable while the dental work is being performed. Our team will complete as much of the dental work necessary during the treatment, and the patient will return to alertness when the work is completed.
Red Oak Family Dentistry is committed to the health and safety of all our patients and, therefore, we carefully screen all patients prior to sedation. Before administering any sedation method to our patients, it is very important to review each person’s health history. We will discuss any and all underlying medical issues, medications and supplements that are being taken and we will ask about lifestyle habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol. After examining all the medical facts and if it is determined that you are a good candidate for sedation, we will then help you to prepare for your dental sedation visit.
Relaxing Dental Care with Sedation Dentistry
Our office also offers other methods of sedation for those patients who feel especially anxious before their appointment. The use of nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas, can be helpful to relieve anxiety in adults and specifically children and teenagers who may be fearful. Nitrous oxide is a method of inhaling a safe, invisible gas that will help the patient relax during the dental treatment so that they are not anxious.
If you have a dental phobia or severe anxiety about dental care, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is sedation dentistry safe?
When performed by our highly trained team of dental professionals, sedation dentistry is extremely safe. We understand that many patients feel apprehensive about visiting the dentist and have several questions regarding sedation dentistry. We will provide you with a step-by-step explanation of your treatment and ensure you feel comfortable from start to finish.
What kind of sedation options are offered?
At Red Oak Family Dentistry, we offer IV sedation and nitrous oxide—also known as laughing gas. During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss which form of sedation best suits your needs and make any additional accommodations necessary.
Will I be asleep during sedation?
Levels of relaxation vary depending on your sedation method and will be discussed prior to treatment. In most cases, your body is still awake but you’re in a deep state of relaxation. This allows our team to treat you both safely and comfortably.
Does my insurance cover sedation dentistry?
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer for this as each patient’s insurance coverage is different. For specific questions regarding your insurance coverage, please speak with a member of our friendly team. If you’re uninsured, we also offer our in-house Red Oak Premiere Dental Plan, which saves patients between 30% and 50% on dental treatments.