If you have dental anxiety and are delaying visiting the dentist, we encourage you to consider sedation dentistry to ease your worries. Sedation dentistry can also benefit patients with bad gag reflexes or sensitive teeth. Many patients have questions about sedation dentistry, and we are happy to answer some of those questions:

1. Will I be unconscious?

No, sedation does not put patients to sleep. You may feel groggy and a little disoriented for a few hours, and you will need someone to drive you home after your appointment.

2. How long will I be sedated?

Depending on the strength of the sedative and the length of your procedure, your sedation may last 2-6 hours.

3. Will I be monitored?

Absolutely. A member of our team will remain with you at all times to monitor your vitals and ensure you remain comfortable.

4. Are there any long-term effects?

No. You may feel groggy and slightly disoriented for a little while, but you should feel like yourself again within a few hours.

5. What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Our dentist, Dr. Joe Gerard, can perform just about any procedure while you are sedated. Sedation dentistry is not for specific procedures, but rather to help you feel relaxed during your appointment. You are welcome to contact our office and ask if sedation can apply to a specific procedure.

6. How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

In most cases, you will only need to appointments. The first is to review your health history and ensure you are a candidate for sedation, and the second appointment will be to perform the actual procedure. Thanks to our in-office dental lab, many procedures can be completed in a single visit. However, some may require a follow-up visit.

7. Will my insurance cover sedation?

Most insurance plans do not cover sedation dentistry. Our team would be happy to review your insurance coverage for any existing benefits. We can also provide you with the cost and help you arrange a payment plan.

We hope you have found this information to be helpful and informative. If you have any further questions about sedation dentistry in Phoenix and Sun City, Arizona, please call Arizona Dental at 602-910-3860 today.