Sedation dentistry may be a good option for you if you’re one of the many people who suffer from anxiety at the dentist. Sedation dentistry, also known as sleep dentistry, uses medication to help patients relax during dental procedures.
To keep you feeling safe and comfortable, we’re proud to offer sedation options at Beyond Dentistry Clearwater. Sedation is not only helpful for complex restorative cases but also eases dental anxiety and provides comfort to patients who have trouble sitting still. We’ll discuss whether you will need or want sedation while we create your treatment plan.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry concentrates on relieving stress and discomfort through sedative medication, but your medical history and other factors will determine your right choice.
When is sedation dentistry suggested?
If you are looking for a way to relax during your next dental visit, ask your dentist about sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry focuses on relieving stress and pain through sedation; your medical history and other factors can determine the right path for you. Still, your Clearwater sedation dentist might suggest sedation methods if:
- You suffer from dental anxiety or fear of the dentist
- You have an overly sensitive gag reflex or sensitive teeth
- You have a lengthy dental procedure
- You have difficulty controlling movements
- You or a loved one have special needs (including behavioral, physical, or cognitive)
Our Signature Sedation Dentistry Process: What to Expect
At Beyond Dentistry Clearwater, we offer oral sedation. Dr. Alqasemi or Dr. Adham will prescribe a pill to take before your dental visit. Since oral sedation can make you feel very relaxed (and even drowsy), we firmly recommend asking someone trustworthy to drive you to and from our Clearwater dental office.
With oral sedation, you will remain awake and able to respond to questions from the dentist, but you will likely feel drowsy and less anxious. The most common type of oral sedation is pill form, which is taken about an hour (or so) before the procedure. With conscious sedation, you may not remember the procedure, but you should be able to easily wake up and cooperate with the dentist.
Have Questions about Dental Sedation in Clearwater, FL?
Check out these frequently asked questions regarding virtually pain-free dentistry in Largo, Clearwater, or surrounding cities, or call us at (727) 304-3156 to speak with our team.
Sedation dentistry is safe and effective for most people. However, it is essential to let your dentist know if you have any allergies or medical conditions which might affect your candidacy for sedation dentistry.
Unfortunately, most dental insurance companies and plans do not cover the cost of sedation dentistry. But you can talk to your sedation dentist about the total sedation dentistry cost at your initial consultation.
Side effects reflect the type of sedation used. Typically, the effects are minor (if any are present at all) and include:
- Dry mouth
- Brief amnesia of the procedure and upon waking up
To start things off, we’ll perform a complete cleaning of your teeth and gums, using special tools to remove any plaque and tartar that may have built up along the gumline. Essential aspects of your cleaning will include thorough flossing between your teeth in all those hard-to-reach places, and scraping off plaque that has accumulated along the gum line. To finish the cleaning process, we’ll polish your teeth, leaving you feeling refreshed, revitalized, and ready to smile.
Any Necessary X-Rays
If you’re new to the office or haven’t had dental x-rays in a while, your Clearwater dentist may recommend that you take some during your preventive care appointment. Dental x-rays let us see what’s going on beneath the surface of your smile, giving us the ability to find issues that may not be visible otherwise. With x-rays, we’re able to make more accurate diagnoses and create more effective and efficient treatment plans.
Your dentist will review your x-rays and then take a thorough look at your teeth, gums, and the rest of your mouth. If we spot any issues, we’ll take the time to educate you on our findings, so you can keep your dental health on the right track. We make it our goal to keep you educated about your oral well-being, so you can make the right decisions for your smile.
Personalized Treatment Plan
Using the information we’ve gathered with your exam and x-rays, we’ll work together with you to craft a treatment plan customized for your unique oral health needs, budget, and lifestyle. If everything looks good, we’ll simply schedule your next routine cleaning and checkup.
Schedule Follow Up Appointment
Our Clearwater team is here for you! No matter what kind of treatment you schedule, our team is standing by to answer any questions you may have about insurance, financing, or anything else. We’ll do everything possible to make sure your every visit is straightforward and stress-free.
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