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Sedation Dentistry – Kansas

Comfortable Dentistry for
Anxious & Fearful Patients

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If you feel uncomfortable, have a low pain tolerance or sensitive gag reflex, or often become overstimulated by the sights and sounds of the dentist’s office, you’ll likely benefit from sedation dentistry in Kansas. These emotional and physical responses can occur for a variety of reasons. What matters is that you have a trusted provider that can help you minimize and eliminate them so you can keep up with your oral health.

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Why Choose Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Caring, Friendly Dental Staff
  • Modern & Welcoming Dental Office
  • We Accept Dental Insurance

What is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is the use of any pharmaceutical drugs to help patients feel relaxed whenever they’re in the treatment chair. There are different types of sedation for patients who have varying severities of dental anxiety and phobia, making the process easy to customize to fit each unique need. Our team at Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry also gets to know about our patients so we can better accommodate them and help them relax in different ways as well.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

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Sedation dentistry is completely safe when administered by professionals. Both Dr. Heck and Dr. Beshore have completed advanced training and continuing education on sedation dentistry. They’re dedicated to always keeping up with the latest advancements and techniques in their field, as well as their patient’s safety. To make the process even safer, one of our friendly team members monitors each of our patients throughout their treatment. Based on vitals, we can easily adjust the flow of the IV or nitrous oxide. If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please don’t hesitate to call our dental office!

Good Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

Dentist and patient discussing what makes a good candidate for sedation dentistry

There are several different types of patients that can benefit from sedation dentistry, including ones who:

  • Have special needs
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Have difficulty comfortably sitting in the treatment chair
  • Have a fear of receiving a “bad” diagnosis
  • Are overstimulated by the sights, sounds, and smells in the dentist’s office
  • Have had a bad past experience with a dentist

There are many other barriers that keep patients from visiting the dentist. If you experience anything like this, chances are, sedation dentistry can help.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Dentist discussing sedation dentistry in Lawrence

Sedation dentistry in Lawrence may sound like a pleasant option, especially if you have dental anxiety or are preparing for extensive dental treatments, but you may also have many questions. Whether you’re preparing to receive nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, or IV sedation, the idea of having little control can seem unnerving. Fortunately, our dentists at Kansas Center for Sedation Dentistry are here to calm your nerves, answer your questions, and address any concerns. Below you will find a list of Q&As commonly asked by our patients. If you do not see your question listed, contact us to schedule an appointment so we can discuss it further.

Will I remember anything with dental sedation?

The idea of being unable to remember much, if anything, from your procedure may sound either scary or appealing. But if you are fearful of the dentist because of an experience elsewhere, you’ll likely appreciate how this unique treatment can deliver slight memory loss.

You will not be fully asleep when receiving sedation, as you’ll need to remain cognizant enough to respond to cues from your dentist. However, if you receive oral conscious or IV sedation, there is a good chance you’ll remember less of your time in the dentist’s chair than if you receive nitrous oxide.

What are the risks of sedation dentistry?

To determine if sedation dentistry is a safe option for you, our team will require an initial consultation. This will allow us to review your medical history and evaluate any medications you’re currently taking. Although these methods of treatment are generally safe for most patients, there are always potential risks involved. Some of these may include:

  • Patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may experience more complications from sedation
  • Certain medications can cause allergic reactions or other issues to form when receiving sedation
  • Some individuals may develop nausea, headaches, or grogginess after receiving sedation. Nitrous oxide is the only form of treatment that will not lead to grogginess.

Is sedation dentistry worth it?

The answer to this question depends on your preference and needs. If you suffer from mild, moderate, or severe dental anxiety or cannot sit still for extended periods, then sedation dentistry is certainly worth the investment. Not only will it allow you to remain calm during your appointment, but it will also ensure that you receive the care you need to maintain optimal oral health. Without regular dental treatment, you put your smile at risk for serious infection and damage, which will only lead to worsening symptoms and more extreme procedures in the future.

Is sedation dentistry covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, it is unlikely that your dental insurance carrier will agree to cover sedation dentistry. Because it is often viewed as a luxury and not medically necessary, you’ll likely need to inquire about alternative payment methods. You should understand, however, that there are certain exceptions. If you have a disability that does not allow you to receive regular dental care without sedation, it may be covered. Or if you are preparing for multiple, extensive procedures, your insurer may agree to provide coverage.

The best thing you can do is learn what your plan covers and what it does not and ask our dental team about other ways you can still receive sedation but also keep your costs low.