I work as a clerical assistant in a pediatric dental office, and I am commonly surprised by the number of children who are scared of the dentist. Many kids think that cleanings will be painful, and they believe they will be scolded for eating sugary foods. Children are also extremely frightful of the noises made by the water spraying tools and the suction devices. As adults, we know that dental cleanings are easy and free of pain. We need to impart this knowledge to our children so they know not to fear the dentist. I have provided blogs that will help you speak with your child about dental care. Good communication, trips to your own dentist, and online videos can assist you. So will good brushing techniques that will make your child proud to see the dentist. Enjoy my articles so you can help your child build oral care confidence.
Having fear or anxiety when going to the dentist for a checkup or a dental procedure is more common than you may realize. In fact, it's estimated that between 9 and 15 percent of Americans avoid the dentist to their fear or anxiety. If you are someone who has fear or anxiety regarding the dentist, there are a few things that can help. Sedation dentistry is one of those things. Here are three things that you should know when it comes to sedation dentistry.
How It Works
The first thing that you should be aware of is how sedation dentistry works. Sedation dentistry is not one size fits all. There are different levels of sedation that can be used to help you relax during a cleaning or procedure ranging from minimal sedation to general anesthesia. With minimal sedation, you are given nitrous oxide in order to help you relax. Moderate sedation is usually achieved through the use of sedative oral or IV medications. With deep sedation and anesthesia, you are given medication that makes you nearly unconscious or completely unconscious during the procedure.
Another thing that you need to know when it comes to sedation dentistry is how much it costs. Sedation can add a significant amount to your total dental bill, especially if you need moderate or deep sedation. The cost of light sedation with nitrous oxide is typically between $25 and $100. Light sedation typically ranges in cost from $150 to $500 while moderate or deep sedation typically is in the range between $250 and $900. General anesthesia is the most expensive option and costs between $300 and $1,000. If you receive sedation, you will also need someone to drive you home from your appointment since it can take some time for the sedatives used to wear off.
Is It Right For You?
While sedation dentistry may seem attractive, it's important to carefully consider whether or not it is the right choice for you. Dental insurance rarely covers the cost of sedation which means you will have to pay for the cost of sedation out of pocket. Sedation dentistry is a good option if you would not otherwise go to the dentist due to your fear or anxiety, have a sensitive gag reflex, have a very low pain threshold, or have sensitive teeth that make dental procedures difficult.
Sedation dentistry is a great option for those who have fear or anxiety when it comes to the dentist. If you are considering sedation dentistry, it's important to look into your options and determine which level of sedation will work for you. Costs can vary, however, sedation can easily cost hundreds of dollars and is not often covered by dental insurance. However, for many, sedation dentistry is very helpful.