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Sedation Dentistry

Some patients find it hard to go to the dentist, due to experiencing certain levels of anxiety. This fear of the dentist can lead people who are in need of serious dental treatment to avoid seeking help at all, causing their condition to worsen. Luckily, at Greenwich Cosmetic & Family Dental, our team offers sedation dentistry techniques to help ease dental anxiety. Continue reading to learn more about how sedation dentistry can help relax you and get you on your way to proper dental care.

 

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, utilizes various techniques in order to calm your nerves ahead of your dental appointment. It can be used for a variety of dental treatments and procedures, based on your needs. Sedation dentistry comes in several forms, including using oral medication or administering small doses of anesthesia through an IV. Either method can be an effective way to help people with their anxiety during their dental procedures, allowing for a more comfortable and efficient visit.

What Are the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry offers a wide range of benefits, as it allows patients who are fearful of going to the dentist the ability to receive the dental work they need. Some key advantages include being able to address the following:

  • The fear of needles
  • Trouble remaining still or feeling uneasy
  • High sensitivity in the gums and teeth
  • A heightened gag reflex
  • General anxiety about visiting the dentist

What Are the Different Types of Sedation Dentistry?

At Greenwich Family Dental, we offer two types of sedation options: oral conscious sedation and IV sedation dentistry administered by a dental anesthesiologist. IV sedation dentistry is often used for more serious cases of patients experiencing dental anxiety. Using an IV, patients can receive general anesthesia, effectively calming their nerves and allowing for successful treatment. With oral conscious sedation, a pill is taken hours before the dental appointment, ensuring the effects will begin kicking in by the time the patient arrives at our office. While individuals will not be completely asleep, the pill should put them into a completely calm state where they may even have trouble remembering the procedure. Regardless of which type of sedation is utilized, patients should expect to arrange a ride home from the dentist, as the effects of sedation dentistry will slowly wear off following the procedure.

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

The cost of sleep dentistry or sedation dentistry will depend on the patient and which type of sedation is being administered. For oral conscious sedation, the general cost of treatment typically ranges from $175 to $500 while the cost of IV sedation usually ranges between $290 and $340. At Greenwich Family Dental, we accept all major credit cards and offer dental financing options that include CareCredit® and GreenSky®.

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If you struggle with dental anxiety, please contact our practice today to learn more about sedation dentistry and our other dental services!