Sedation Dentistry Fort Collins
If you’re one of the many people who find going to the dentist stressful, there is an easier way! You may have heard of sedation dentistry or ‘painless’ dentistry that uses nitrous oxide, oral sedation or IV sedation dentistry techniques to transform what can be a very stressful procedure into one that’s comfortable and you’ll probably barely even remember. Easy, safe and painless, you’ll be in a relaxed but awake state throughout your dental procedure so that the oral work you that you need can be performed without the anxiety. In fact, almost all patients who undergo sedation dentistry are so pleased with their experience that they’d choose it as a treatment method again. So, if you’re looking for a better way, Dr. Owens is the best sedation dentistry Fort Collins has to offer.
Sedation Dentistry Fort Collins
Sedation dentistry is the practice of performing any sort of oral work when the patient is under the influence of medication that calms and relaxes them. You may also hear it referred to as ‘relaxation dentistry’, ‘sleep dentistry’ or ‘painless dentistry’.
Sedation dentistry is not the same as a local or general anaesthetic which can carry higher risks. Instead, one of many different sedative drugs are used that depress the central nervous system to alter your state of consciousness so that you feel comfortable, relaxed and safe during the procedure.
There are three different levels of sedation from minimal to moderate and then, deep sedation. Each of these refers to the degree of relaxation that’s experienced and how well the patient can respond to both verbal and physical stimulation. People who are minimally sedated are less anxious but still respond easily to most stimulation. Under a moderate sedation, the patient will feel even more relaxed and only respond to definite stimulation. In deep sedation, there usually isn’t much response to stimulation at all.
Most dental patients find that sedation dentistry performed at a minimal or moderate level is more than enough to reduce their anxiety and make the whole experience much more pleasant.
Another great thing about sedation dentistry is that recovery doesn’t take very long. Depending on the level of sedation used, you may be back to your normal state within 30 minutes before being allowed to go home with a companion.(970) 377-2557
Fort Collins Sedation Dentistry Benefits
The main benefit of sedation dentistry is to make you feel more comfortable and stress-free during your dental procedure. Therefore, it’s great for anyone who experiences general anxiety about going to the dentist to get the necessary dental care you need. Being sedated during the procedure also means that your dentist can concentrate fully on the procedure without worrying about your well-being. Because you won’t remember the procedure and won’t feel any pain or anxiety, sedation dentistry can also help to reduce the severity of dental phobias over time.
However, sedation dentistry isn’t just a great option for those who fear the dentist. Patients with generalized anxiety disorders or other conditions such as post-traumatic stress also benefit from using sedatives during the process to reduce the influence of ‘triggering’ stimuli. It’s also ideal for anyone who suffers from medical issues that can make dentistry difficult. By relaxing the body, things such as an extreme gag reflex are also reduced to make procedures more pleasant, fast and straightforward.
Sedation dentistry is also recommended because, unlike anaesthesia that often causes side effects including headaches, vomiting and sore throats, very few patients experience any side effects at all. It also comes with a much shorter recovery period so you’ll be able to return to your normal activities sooner.
When you’re using any type of sedation dentistry, even long and complex procedures will feel like they only lasted a few minutes. This means that your dentist may be able to do more work in a single session to reduce the need to come back for multiple visits and reduce your overall cost.
With sedation dentistry Fort Collins, there’s no need to feel like you’re like you have no control. Throughout your procedure you’ll still be able to respond to questions and requests that your dentist asks to make sure that you remain comfortable and calm through a much easier procedure.Call (970) 377-2557 to Schedule an Appointment
Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry Fort Collins?
Despite the many benefits that sedation dentistry can provide and the fact that it’s often the ‘only’ option for those who have a dental phobia or other anxiety-related condition, most insurance policies don’t cover Fort Collins sedation dentistry. This is because it’s currently considered to be a ‘luxury’ treatment that isn’t necessary for good oral health and hygiene.
However, even if your dental insurance policy won’t cover the additional cost of a sedation dentist, in some situations, it may be possible to get them to cover all or some of the cost. This includes cases where a disability or a medical condition such as epilepsy or cerebral palsy that means that you wouldn’t be able receive the dental treatment you need without being sedated.
Because your insurance company is primarily concerned with the overall cost of your dental treatment, they may also be more likely to approve your sedation dentistry Fort Collins procedure if sedation will result in a smaller total cost. An example of when this may be the case is when we’re able to perform more work in the same amount of time to reduce overall number of visits and subsequent cost of the treatment you’re needing.
If you’re thinking of having Fort Collins sedation dentistry performed, talk to your insurance company about the terms of your plan. In general, it should be easier to get your insurance provider to cover less expensive options like oral sedation. If they do approve cover, always be sure to get this in writing before starting treatment.
In cases where your dental insurance provider won’t cover the cost of your Fort Collins sedation dentistry treatment, talk to us about other options. We’re happy to work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and can contact your provider to ask for further information about the best way to get your procedure approved. Failing that, we do also provide financing options that will still allow you to get the treatment you need and deserve.