There are many things that scare people. The boogey man, spiders, public speaking and dental treatments are just four of them. While we may not be able to help you avoid spiders, public speaking or the boogey man, we can help reduce your fear of treatments with sedation dentistry. Here’s more:
Thanks to inquisitive dentists from the 1800s and their pain adverse patients, sedation dentistry was born.
Interestingly enough, you can watch a movie about one of the dentists involved in the discovery process should you be so inclined. The film is titled The Great Moment. It was released in 1944 and starred Joel McCrea as the good
dentist, W.T.G. Morton. At the time of Morton’s heyday, the preferred method of sedation was ether.
Understandably, techniques have changed a bit since Morton’s rise to prominence. Today, there are several types of sedation used in dentistry. They are general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation and intravenous conscious sedation. We like to offer our patients intravenous, conscious sedation anesthesia, which is administered by a medical anesthesiologist. This kind of anesthsia is very similar to what one might have for a procedure such as colonoscopy or getting wisdom teeth out.
I.V. conscious sedation anesthesia differs from other methods in several key ways. For starters, it allows the patient to remain conscious but completely relaxed. It also doesn’t require airway intervention, pills or a lengthy recovery process. As a matter of fact, in many instances, the effects of the sedation will wear off within two hours or less. Time seems to go by very quickly. Most patients feel like they were in the dental chair for five minutes! Usually extensive treatment can be completed in one, comfortable appointment.
At this point, you may be wondering how much sedation dentistry costs and whether or not you can afford it. In general, the sedation process is billed by the hour. The treatment costs are additional. Because everyone’s dental needs are different, the costs involved will obviously vary. However, we do offer no interest financing that may help minimize your financial related concerns. We also work to maximze dental insurance coverage and are willing to help you determine if your particular dental insurance plan will cover your care. To learn more about sedation dentistry and our other services, please contact us by phone or online. Our phone number is (717) 778-4268.