What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation Dentistry* is the modern way of having dental treatment, which can transform an unpleasant and stressful appointment into a comfortable experience especially for patients with dental anxiety or fear for the dentist or hygienist. Sedation dentistry* offers the opportunity to many patients with dental phobia or certain medical or mental conditions to get the dental care they need.
Definition of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation dentistry* is the use of medication affecting the central nervous system (CNS) in order to put a patient in a calm and relaxed state while the dentist or hygienist performs the dental procedure. It is also referred to as “relaxation dentistry, “anxiety free dentistry”, “painless dentistry”, or “sleep dentistry.” Various sedative drugs such as tranquilizers, depressants, anziolytics, etc. are used to induce sedation.
Levels and Types of Sedation Dentistry
Several types of sedation dentistry are offered by dentists, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Different levels of dental sedation can be achieved, by using different medication, dosage, or sedation technique, depending on the needs of the specific patient. According to the way that the sedative medication is administered to the patient, the most common conscious sedation methods are categorized as:
For very invasive procedures or for patients with specific health conditions, General Anesthesia may be necessary so that the patient is fully unconscious during the procedure. General anesthesia is the only method that can properly be referred as ‘sleep dentistry’.
Cost of Sedation Dentistry
The additional cost of dental sedation may be an obstacle for many people who would like to take advantage of the painless and comfortable treatments that sedation dentistry can offer. Light to moderate conscious sedation dentistry will generally cost much less than IV sedation or general anesthesia. In some cases you may get some dental insurance coverage for sedation dentistry, but in general it is not covered.
*Certain restrictions may apply