Fear of the dentist is real. It is real for 30 to 40 million people in the U.S., which is the number of people who suffer from some form of dental anxiety, according to a study by Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.
If you’re part of that number, you’ll not only feel comforted by the fact that you are not alone in your anxiety but also that you now have a way to get around it. And more importantly, get the right kind of dental treatment you need — thanks in large part to sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients like you relax during dental procedures. The levels of sedation include: minimal sedation, which is when you’re awake but relaxed; deep sedation, which is when you’re on the edge of consciousness but can still be awakened, and general anesthesia, which is when you’re totally unconscious.
Not all dentists have the credentials and experience to provide sedation dentistry. If you have dental anxiety, sensitive gums, have a fear of needles and have a traumatic dental experience, you will want to look for a dentist who does sedation dentistry.
A sedation dentist, Fort Worth residents should know, will use several methods, and they will require appropriate training. Administering intravenous (IV) sedation especially needs advanced training, and certification by the Board of Dental Examiners that your dentist is a special IV sedation dentist.
So you definitely want to look for such certification when your dentist mentions IV sedation as one of the methods used.
In addition to the appropriate certification, your sedation dentist should have sufficient experience with the different methods. Find out the number of patients the dentist has treated using sedation. Ask about the different methods used. Ideally, you will want a sedation dentist who uses several methods, not just IV sedation.
The cost of IV sedation might cost more than oral sedation, which is estimated at around $225 to $300. Do remember that the cost of sedation is apart from the cost of the treatment itself.
And sedation dentistry isn’t normally covered by insurance.
So once you’ve evaluated your dentist’s credentials and expertise with the method, you might want to ask about financing and payment options. Financing options would allow you to use sedation dentistry for your procedure but you will not have to pay a huge amount right off the bat.
From a simple tooth extraction to a complex dental implant, you can undergo any procedure you need at the dentist’s clinic and not feel mortified. With the help of sedation dentistry, your fears and anxieties will no longer prevent you from achieving good dental health. So find a sedation dentist today.