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Sedation Dentistry – New Haven, CT

Relax in the Dentist’s Chair

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We understand that many patients are nervous about their treatment. Others have a physical condition that makes it difficult for them to remain still during their appointments. To help such individuals, we offer three types of sedation dentistry: oral conscious sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, and general anesthesia. Keep reading to learn more about how we can use these methods to enhance your experience at New Haven Dental Group.

Why Choose New Haven Dental Group for Sedation Dentistry?

What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is a term that refers to any of a number of methods that are used to sedate patients during dental treatment. Sedation techniques involve administering certain types of medications that produce a calm, relaxed sensation. Sedation is suitable for most patients who:

Types of Sedation

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The three types of sedation available at New Haven Dental Group are:

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

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Benefits of sedation dentistry include:

Cost of Sedation Dentistry

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The cost of sedation will depend on which method we use. Nitrous oxide tends to come with the lowest price, while general anesthesia is more expensive. Dental insurance usually does not cover sedation unless it is determined to be a medically necessary part of a procedure; for example, it is standard practice to use sedation as part of some types of oral surgery. Our team will give you an estimate for the cost of your sedation, and we can help you apply to finance your entire procedure, including the sedation, with CareCredit if necessary.

Would you like to learn more about sedation dentistry and how it may benefit you? Get in touch with one of our dental offices today.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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Are you interested in being sedated for your next dental procedure? You may find the idea appealing, but you likely still have questions about what you can expect with sedation dentistry. That is why we have compiled the following list of frequently asked questions, along with their answers. If you do not see the information you were looking for, you are welcome to contact our team directly so we can personally satisfy your curiosity.

Does Oral Sedation Put You to Sleep?

You might drift off to sleep while you are under oral sedation. However, the medication will not make you unconscious. It will be easy for us to awaken you with a gentle shake, and you will retain enough alertness to be able to answer our questions or respond to our directions. The only form of sedation that is designed to produce unconsciousness is general anesthesia.

How Long Does It Take for Oral Sedation to Kick In?

How fast oral sedation works will depend on the specific medication used, as well as your individual metabolism. Most people start to feel its effects within 30 – 60 minutes. We will not rush the beginning of your treatment; we will make sure you are relaxed before we begin your procedure. Other types of sedation, such as nitrous oxide and general anesthesia, begin to take effect almost immediately.

Can I Drive After Oral Sedation?

The medications used in oral conscious sedation are quite potent. The pill you take will slow down your reaction times and make you feel drowsy, and its effects may linger for around 24 hours. Hence, it will not be safe for you to drive after your appointment. You should have a friend or family member ready to take you home and run any necessary errands for you until the sedation wears off completely.

It will also be unsafe for you to drive after being under general anesthesia. However, if you are sedated with nitrous oxide, you may be able to drive yourself home.

Will I Be Able to Feel Pain with Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide has three main effects: It calms anxiety, it produces a feeling of euphoria or giddiness, and it kills pain. To ensure your comfort during procedures, we typically use local anesthetic along with nitrous oxide so you will feel little to nothing while we work to care for your teeth and gums.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from General Anesthesia?

After your procedure, you will be given some time to wake up from the general anesthesia and regain awareness. Usually, this takes 45 – 60 minutes. Some grogginess or other side effects may linger longer than that. Also, keep in mind that even though you may feel alert after a relatively short period of time, your reflexes may still be slowed. That is why you should not drive, operate heavy machinery, or even cook during the first 24 – 48 hours after you come home from your appointment.

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