Here at Boston Dental, we’re often asked about sedation dentistry and who it could benefit. The truth is that sedation dentistry can be a great option for people of ages who need dental work done, from routine cleanings to some more advanced procedures. There are many misconceptions surrounding sedation dentistry, but it doesn’t have to be scary or intimidating.

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about sedation dentistry, courtesy of our Boston dentists.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry can greatly benefit people who have a fear of visiting the dentist, and who have put off vital dental work because of that fear. Sedation dentistry removes memories of the appointment, including sounds and odors, making it easier for patients with dental phobias to get the treatment they need.

It’s also a great choice for people with sensitive teeth or gag reflexes, or who need longer appointments for complex treatments, such as dental implants. No matter who you are, you can definitely benefit from sedation dentistry!

Does Sedation Dentistry Use Any Medication?

Yes, sedation dentistry uses medication. Oral medications, such as Diazepam, Midzolam, and Meperidine are used for mild to moderate sedation. These are administered in the form of a pill taken before the procedure, so that by the time it starts you are sedated. IV medications, such as Ketamine or Lidocaine, are administered intravenously during your visit to the dentist, and can be stronger in their effects. IV sedation dentistry is often used for complex work. General anesthesia, which is commonly used in traditional surgery, is not used in sedation dentistry. There are also nasal sprays and intramuscular medications that can be used in sedation dentistry, which can be a great choice for anyone who struggles with a sensitive gag reflex or who just has a difficult time taking pills. Speak to your dentist about the option that’s right for you.

No matter which method is used, all forms of sedation dentistry are designed to make you relaxed so that you can get the dental attention you need.

What are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Many of the benefits of sedation dentistry are psychological. By removing the unpleasant memories of dental work through medication, sedation dentistry makes it easier for people to undergo teeth cleaning, dental implants, root canals, and other procedures. The source of trauma – the dental appointment itself – is forgotten and the patient can focus on recovering.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe for Children?

Sedation dentistry can be a good choice for children who have a severe fear of the dentist, or who struggle with sensory issues due to medical conditions such as autism spectrum disorder. The medicines used are calculated exactly using factors such as age and body weight to ensure safety. Speak to your pediatric dentist about the best options available.

What are the Risks of Sedation Dentistry?

Any dental procedure carries risks, and sedation dentistry is no different. Your dentist will work with you to find the right medication for the procedure to ensure a low risk of side effects. Some risks include blood pressure problems or breathing difficulties, but these are rare, and if you are in good health the risks of sedation dentistry are incredibly low. Our team of dentists and dental assistants are highly-trained in sedation dentistry and watch patients closely throughout all procedures to ensure their safety.

What is Like to Recover from Sedation Dentistry?

Most people will feel groggy or sleepy after undergoing sedation dentistry, but these effects will wear off within a day or two. We advise that you arrange for someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as you won’t be able to drive for about a day afterwards. In addition to following the recovery tips that your dentist has given you for your dental procedure, make sure that you take plenty of time to rest so that you fully recover from the medicine used to sedate you.

Could My Insurance Pay for Sedation Dentistry?

Your insurance provider should be able to tell you if sedation dentistry is covered under your policy. Some providers may cover some forms of sedation dentistry, but not others, while other providers may require a co-pay. Getting in touch with them to find out more about your available options is the best course of action.

Sedation Dentistry – Helping You Keep Your Smile Healthy

Whether you suffer from a fear of the dentist, or you require complex dental work, sedation dentistry can offer you a way to get the care you need. You wouldn’t have surgery without sedation, so why should your dental work be any different? If you’re interested in what sedation dentistry options we offer at Boston Dental, give us a call today.