The Cure for Dental Anxiety
Dental anxiety afflicts millions of Americans, and in many cases, it’s preventing them from getting the care they need.
One researcher estimates that “between 5 and 8 percent of Americans refuse to go to the dentist” because of their dental anxiety. In fact, one out of five Americans will only visit the dentist when it’s absolutely necessary.
With IV sedation dentistry, patients who’ve been neglecting their teeth for years can finally get the care they need. It’s safe, easy, and comfortable.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
In addition to easing anxiety, there are a number of circumstances where dental sedation makes it easier for patients to receive essential care:
- Patients who have difficulty sitting still during dental treatment
- Gag Reflex–sedation eliminates muscle contractions that interfere with treatment
- Sensitive Teeth/Low Pain Threshold
- When the patient requires a lengthy procedure
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Dr. Klym is an experienced implant dentist who’s been awarded Diplomate status by the International Congress of Oral Implantology, which is the highest level of achievement they recognize.
If you’re thinking about restoring your smile with natural-looking dental implants, Dr. Klym will be happy to meet with you. That way, he can go over all your treatment options, including IV sedation.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How will I feel after dental sedation?
Following IV sedation, it typically takes around 24 hours to metabolize the medication. During this time, you may experience:
- Dry mouth
- Difficulty remembering the procedure
In addition to following any recommendations from Dr. Klym, you should refrain from any activities that could physically harm you or another person. For your safety, you’ll need to have a ride home. It’s essential to stay hydrated and rest as needed.
Is conscious sedation safer than general anesthesia?
Conscious sedation is safer than general anesthesia because there are more risks associated with losing consciousness. General anesthesia is a highly sensitive technique that has a longer recovery period. That’s why general anesthesia is reserved for invasive surgeries that typically take place in hospitals.
Conscious sedation has its own risks such as:
- Changes in heart rate and blood pressure
- Respiratory depression
- Allergic reaction
While complications with dental sedation are rare, having a trusted dentist such as Dr. Klym administer the medication will ensure you receive the proper dosage and that the treatment will produce the best possible results.
How much does dental sedation cost?
The cost of dental sedation will depend on a number of different factors, such as the type of sedation used. Dr. Klym will give you an accurate cost estimate during your initial consultation. You can also visit our financing page to learn more about our affordable payment options.
We suggest applying for CareCredit®—a third-party loan service program that focuses on helping patients pay for their treatments. Applying online is quick and easy, and you could receive financial assistance regardless of your insurance status. They also offer payment plans to fit any budget.
What can I expect when getting dental sedation?
At Traverse City Dental Implants, we offer IV sedation dentistry, the perfect option for patients who’d prefer to be asleep during their procedure. This sedation method works quickly—you’ll be asleep in no time, but still able to be easily roused if necessary.
A member of our team will monitor you through the entire procedure. Your tooth will also be numbed before the procedure begins, ensuring you feel comfortable and stay asleep the entire time.
You may feel dizzy for the rest of the day, so it’s best to have someone who can drive you home and stay with you until the sedation wears off. IV sedation typically wears off after a few hours. You’ll feel like yourself again the next morning.
Can anyone undergo dental sedation?
Dental sedation isn’t for everyone. You may not be a good candidate for IV sedation if you have:
- Liver or kidney diseases
- Thyroid disorders
- Respiratory problems
- Conflicting medications
Dr. Klym will review your options at your initial consultation and determine if sedation will be a safe and effective course of action for you. He’ll help you make the right choice based on your current situation so you’ll feel at ease during your procedure.