The Ultimate Guide to Sedation Dentistry


Are you afraid of the dentist? Well, you’re not alone. About 30 percent of adults in the United States avoids going to the dentist due to fear or anxiety. This dental phobia can lead to a big problems—gum disease, tooth decay and even oral cancer.

Sedation dentistry is an easy way your dentists can provide you with an anxiety-free dental treatment. It allows you to head into the dentists office without feeling any stress, allowing you to get necessary routine dental care that ultimate can compromise your overall health and well-being.

Sedation 101

You might be thinking that you’ll be receiving an IV, laughing gas or injection to reach a state of bliss. While these are all perfectly safe sedation dentistry practices, these days your dentist may provide you with a pill that you take an hour or two before your visit. Of course, you’ll need someone to bring you to the dentist, as you will feel a bit drowsy. But this tiny pill will allow you to have a comfortable experience—one that most patients don’t even remember. It’s as if you’ve slept through treatment.

In reality, you’ll be awake the entire time. Your dentist may even ask you simple questions. This is for your safety. You might be asking, “But will I feel any pain if I’m awake?” Not at all. Once you’ve been given a sedative, your dentist may also use a local anesthetic that will block any pain felt in your teeth and gums. Most likely, you won’t even notice the injection.

Benefits of Sedation

Once your procedure is done, you’ll feel like only minutes have gone by when in fact you might have been in the dentists chair for hours. This makes complex procedures that usually require several appointments to be performed in less time. Also, if you’ve ever wanted to get veneers or other cosmetic dental procedures completed but haven’t been able to quell your fears, sedation dentistry can help you get a smile you’ll want to show off.

Best of all, sedation dentistry makes it easier to visit the dentist for regular cleanings which are necessary to avoid major oral health problems that are caused by lack of routine care.


Many insurance companies do not pay for sedation for routine treatment. However, if you’re undergoing surgery or any other type of intensive dental treatment, your insurance provider may cover the cost of sedation if it allows the procedure to completed in one appointment. Ask your dentist for more details.

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