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Urszula Firlik, DDS | Sedation Q & A in Belmont

URSZULA FIRLIK, DDS, PLLC
MyBelmontDentist.com 

6225 West River Drive NE, Belmont, MI 49306, Tele (616) 361-0603

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.

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 might 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 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 our most important concern.

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 many cases.

Which procedures can be performed under sedation?

Almost any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not used 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 be needed to complete my dental work?

In most cases it takes only 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). The procedures usually can be done in one appointment, but sometimes it might be necessary for 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 Q & A. Urszula Firlik is a Belmont Dentist.