Independence Dental Associates, LLC | Sedation Q & A in Hackettstown

Independence  Dental  Associates,  L.L.C.

Richard J. Cleave,
DMD, FAGD

General Dentistry, Implants,
 IV Sedation, Oral Surgery,
 Moderate IV Sedation Permit # 034
Brian D. Bachrach, DMD
General Dentistry 

  Samantha R. Bogle, DMD
  Orthodontics

915 County Road 517 # 23 
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-2215

IndependenceDental@gmail.com

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Sedation Q & A

 

 Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over your anxiety.

Some people have physical reasons, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry as well. If you are not sure if you are a candidate ask your dentist.

Will I be unconscious?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation during your treatment. You will still be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?


Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at a normal level. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No. You will feel a little groggy and "out of it" after some forms of sedation, but after a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment in these cases.

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies the procedure. Ask your dentist if sedation is available for a particular procedure.

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

There is no way that we can determine how many appointments will be required to finish your dental treatment.  Some patients have very little dental work required and 1 treatment appointment will suffice.  Other patients have a great deal of dental work of varying degrees of complexity and therefore many more appointments will be necessary.  Your doctor will formulate a plan for you and will be able to tell you how many appointments you will need based on your initial examination, consultation, and treatment plan.


Will my insurance cover sedation?

Dental insurance has changed in the past few years regarding sedation.  Many dental insurance companies demand that with surgery that the claim is sent to you medical insurance carrier.  Some medical carriers pay for treatment while others do not.  There is no way that we can confirm which insurance company will pay and which will not pay.  When denial from the medical carrier is received, we will then be able to bill to your dental insurance carrier.

When surgery is not part of your treatment we then find that in most cases the sedation will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your insurance coverage and let you know if it is covered or not. If it is not covered, we will let you know the cost.