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Urszula Firlik, DDS | Sedation FAQ in Belmont


6225 West River Drive NE, Belmont, MI 49306

(616) 361 - 0603


Sedation FAQ


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. 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 still will be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You even might not remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

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

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vital signs to make sure they remain at a normal level. Your safety is most important.

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 most cases.

Which procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is used 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?

In most cases it requires two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedure(s). This usually can be done in one appointment, but it might require a follow-up visit.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases it 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 and, if necessary, we have financing options available for you.

Belmont Dentist | Sedation FAQ. Urszula Firlik is a Belmont Dentist.