Frequently Asked Questions About Sedation Dentistry ~ FAQs

Below, you’ll see a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we encounter about the different types of sedation dentistry (IV sedation dentistry, oral sedation dentistry / conscious sedation dentistry, and nitrous oxide sedation dentistry / laughing gas).

Do you have questions about sedation dentistry?  Contact your local sedation dentist in Phoenix.

Which type of sedation dentistry is right for me?
That’s a question can be best answered after a consult with your sedation dentist. Generally, though, it depends on how anxious or fearful you are and the type of procedure being performed. Nitrous oxide is the lowest level of sedation dentistry, with IV sedation dentistry being the very highest level option.

Is sedation covered by dental insurance?
In some cases, sedation will be covered by your dental insurance, primarily with extractions or in the case of major dental treatment. Reimbursement varies, however, from one dental insurance company to another dental insurance company, and that fact holds true not just in the Phoenix area, but all throughout the United States.

What are the advantages to sedation dentistry?
The main benefit is that sedation allows you to relax enough to be treated by a dentist, which is important. Study after study has linked dental health to your overall health, so it’s important that you take excellent care of your teeth and gums.  Finding the right, gentle dentist is absolutely key!

What’s the difference between “sleep dentistry,” “conscious sedation,” and “oral sedation” dentistry?
These are all terms that refer to the same type of sedation. You take a pill at the beginning of your appointment and “sleep” through your treatment, even though, ironically, you’re conscious. Time passes by at an amazing rate, and you’ll probably have no memory of your appointment afterward.

Does anyone need to accompany me to my dental appointment, if I elect to have sedation dentistry?
That will depend on the type of sedation dentistry you choose. You can drive yourself home after having had laughing gas / nitrous oxide, although it’s recommended that you sit in the waiting room until you feel completely alert. With IV sedation dentistry and oral sedation dentistry, you’ll need someone to drive you home and then stay with you for two to four hours to make sure that you don’t have any adverse reactions.

If you have more questions about nitrous oxide sedation dentistry, oral sedation dentistry, or IV sedation dentistry, please contact the office of one of the sedation dentists who practices in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Peoria, Chandler, Sun Valley, Glendale, or Queen Creek, Arizona.