Many patients come to Dr. Jerry Butler with questions about sedation dentistry. What is it? Does it work for everyone? Our dentist and team would like to take this time to answer the most common questions regarding sedation dentistry in Boone, North Carolina.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry focuses on the comfort and relaxation of the patient through the use of a sedative. Methods of sedation vary from practice to practice, and every method does not work for everyone. If you are considering sedation dentistry, contact our office to learn more about our procedures.

Who is a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Patients who suffer from dental anxiety, sensitivity, or a strong gag reflex may benefit from sedation dentistry. Susceptibility to sedation varies for individuals, so we encourage you to speak with our dentist about which types of sedative work best for you.

How long will I be sedated?

The length of sedation varies depending on the sedative. Some sedative can be easily adjusted by your dentist so that the effects wear off when the treatment is over, while others must fade on their own.

Will I be unconscious?

No. Sedation dentistry places patients in a deep relaxation and removes anxiety, but patients still have the ability to breathe and communicate without assistance. Some patients forget the procedure entirely.

Will I feel any pain?

With the help of sedation dentistry, procedures become virtually painless and patients remain comfortable throughout the treatment session.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases, dental insurance does not cover sedation dentistry. However, before beginning treatment, our team will review your insurance coverage and discuss costs so that there are no surprises.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Sedation dentistry has proven again and again to be perfectly safe, and your vital signs are closely monitored throughout the appointment. If, however, you have concerns about being sedated, feel free to talk to our team.

Will I be able to function as normal afterward?

The medicine involved in sedation dentistry may temporarily impair your motor skills. You should schedule a ride home from the dentist in advance, and may need to take it easy for a day or two.

Thank you for taking the time to read through the information provided. If you have questions that have not been addressed, feel free to contact our office today to speak with Dr. Jerry Butler or a member of our team.