Is Sedation Right for You?
Sedation dentistry is an excellent solution for patients who have a fear of the dentist, dental instruments, or dental procedures. When people visit Hastings Family Dental to replace their missing teeth, we always provide minimal sedation to make treatment more comfortable.
Dr. Bauer is a qualified sedation dentist, meaning he knows how to administer the mediation in a safe and controlled way so that you can enjoy a care-free experience. Whether you have anxiety when visiting the dentist or you’re worried about the pain, sedation dentistry can help get you through the experience.
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Why Do People Choose Sedation?
Beyond having a dental phobia, there are other reasons why people benefit from dental sedation, including:
- Bad gag reflex
- Previous bad dental experience
- Decreases pain or discomfort
- Immune to numbing agents
- Sensitive teeth
- Needs several treatments completed at once
- Difficulty keeping your mouth open
Types of Sedation We Use
At Hastings Family Dental, we offer two forms of sedation — minimal oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Both of these options ensure safety and effectiveness throughout the dental implant procedure.
Dr. Bauer’s use of advanced technology minimizes your recovery time, makes the procedure more comfortable, and allows him to work on your smile continuously, which means your procedure will be over quicker.
Minimal Oral Conscious
If you need something stronger than your average sedative to help you relax for your appointment, we feature minimal oral conscious sedation. About an hour before your treatment, you’ll take a small pill.
When you arrive for your appointment, you’ll begin to feel calm and slightly drowsy. While you might not fall into a deep sleep, some patients do periodically doze off.
Following the successful placement of your dental implants, Dr. Bauer will gently wake you by giving you a light nudge. Since oral conscious sedation can last longer than your appointment, it’s crucial that you have someone to drive you home afterward.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is the most common form of dental sedation. Dr. Bauer will begin by placing a mask over your nose and administering a combination of the gas and oxygen so that you can enjoy a calm, care-free treatment.
Our team of dental professionals will carefully monitor the amount of gas you inhale throughout the procedure. The gas works best for some patients because it’s fast-acting, meaning you don’t have to wait an hour for it to kick in. As soon as the treatment is complete, we’ll stop the flow of the nitrous oxide, and you’ll return to your normal state.
Nitrous oxide is the only form of sedation we offer that allows you to drive yourself home following your procedure since it wears off quickly. However, we still recommend having someone give you a ride home if you don’t feel comfortable.
Feel Safe with Our Hastings Team
At Hastings Family Dental, we want you to feel confident about every aspect of your dental implant treatment, which is why we offer sedation dentistry. Whatever your reason for pursuing dental sedation, we’ll help you enjoy a calm, stress-free procedure.
Dr. Bauer understands that not everyone enjoys the dentist, but he also knows the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. With sedation dentistry, we can complete your treatment efficiently, ensuring your implants are long-lasting and look just like your natural teeth.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Bauer by calling (402) 519-2164. Alternatively, you can fill out the submission form below, and one of our delightful staff members will reach out promptly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a candidate for dental sedation?
If you have anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist or your upcoming procedure, you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry. We also provide sedation for patients with a bad gag reflex or sensitive teeth.
Will I be unconscious?
No, you will not be unconscious from sedation, but you’ll be in a deep state of relaxation during your procedure. With sedation, you’ll still be able to breathe and communicate without feeling any pain or anxiety. It’s likely you may not remember the procedure once it’s finished.
How long will I be sedated?
Dental sedation can last from two to six hours, depending on the type and strength of the given sedation, along with the length of your procedure.
Are there any long-term effects of sedation?
There are no long-term effects of sedation. It’s likely you’ll feel groggy and dazed after sedation, but after a few hours, you’ll feel completely normal. We recommend planning a designated driver to take you home following your procedure.
Will my insurance cover sedation?
In most cases, insurance providers don’t cover sedation, but we’ll review your coverage to let you know whether it’s covered. If not, we’ll give you an estimate of the cost and help put together an affordable financing plan to ensure you get the treatment you need.