Sedation Dentistry in rockford, dixon and janesville
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we understand that many of our patients experience anxiety at the prospect of scheduling a dental appointment. Dental sedation is an effective method of reducing or eliminating pain associated with having dental or periodontal procedures performed and can also be an effective method to help patients who struggle with dental phobia to overcome these fears and receive the care they need to enjoy good oral health. Additional benefits of dental sedation include significant reduction or elimination of sensory experience (sound and smell) during the procedure, and for certain levels of sedation, no memory of the procedure even occurring.
The use of dental sedation is extremely common for invasive dental procedures, such as oral surgery, tooth extraction, or a root canal. Dental sedation is also helpful for patients who have difficulty achieving and staying numb, patients with sensitive teeth or a sensitive gag reflex, or who have a hard time sitting still for extended periods of time. Sedation dentistry can also be helpful for administering oral health support for patients who have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or autism.
With over 40,00 dental surgeries performed and over 12,000 dental implants placed, you can be confident that you will receive high quality care from established professionals that is designed to meet your unique needs. To schedule an appointment, or if you have any additional questions concerning dental sedation or clinic policies, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.
What to Expect Following Administration of Dental Sedation
Following most procedures involving dental sedation, it is common to feel groggy for some time until the sedation has had time to wear off, except for nitrous oxide, whose side effects typically wear off shortly after the mask is removed. Once it has been determined that the sedation has sufficiently worn off, you will be allowed to leave, although it may take some time (typically between three to four hours) for the effects of the sedation to wear off completely. It is also common to experience initial difficulty regaining your balance and coordination, but this should return quickly. Please be advised, it will be necessary for you to arrange for someone to drive you home following administration of most forms of dental sedation.
What Levels and Types of Dental Sedation are Available?
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we offer a full range of dental sedation options to ensure our patients have a relaxing and anxiety-free experience. Depending on the type of procedure you are having performed, the following options may be offered as part of your treatment process.
Patients who are having minimally invasive procedures performed, or who have mild to moderate anxiety having dental procedures performed, may be given a dental anxiolytic, which is typically administered orally or with Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. Oral sedation is generally taken by the patient one hour before the procedure. Nitrous Oxide is administered through a mask that fits over the patient’s nose, putting them in a slightly altered state and/or in a deeper state of relaxation. During the procedure, you will be alert and able to communicate with the periodontist, however you will be in a much more relaxed state. Nitrous Oxide is a safe and effective method for reducing procedural anxiety. Effects typically wear off around 15 minutes after being removed. The side effects of oral dental sedation typically wear off after a few hours.
Moderate to deep dental conscious sedation is generally given to patients having slightly more invasive oral procedures performed or for patients who have moderate to extreme anxiety at having a dental procedure performed. Conscious sedation can be administered intravenously (IV) or intramuscularly (IM). Patients who receive this level of sedation will typically have no recollection of the procedure being performed. Patients receiving this level of sedation will need to arrange for someone to drive them home from their procedure, as the effects can take several hours to wear off.
Cost of Dental Sedation
The cost of dental sedation will depend on several factors, such as what type of dental sedation is used, what procedures are performed, and your dental insurance plan. At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing you with high-quality, comprehensive periodontal services, which is why we provide you with flexible payment options to ensure that you receive the care you require.
If you are covered under a dental insurance plan, we do ask that you bring your insurance cards and any necessary forms with you to your appointment. We are happy to provide a pre-estimate of dental benefits prior to treatment, and will submit any receipts, forms, or other information required by your insurance company. Once insurance payment has been received, the remaining balance will be mailed to you.
Please note: our office does offer a 5% reduction in fee for full payment at the time services are provided (contingent on treatment type). We also offer extended payment plans through GreenSky Patient Solutions or Care Credit. For your convenience, we accept cash, personal check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard or American Express.
Periodontal Care You Can Trust at featherstone
At Featherstone Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, we are committed to providing high-quality care and supporting your efforts to enjoy good periodontal health by identifying and correcting periodontal issues early and implementing correct and consistent oral health self-care. Although we offer a range of surgical treatment options for periodontal disease and its associated health and cosmetic impacts, our primary focus is to provide conservative treatment, avoiding surgery whenever possible.
To learn more about clinic policies or schedule an appointment for sedation dentistry, contact our Rockford office at 815.261.1739, our Dixon office at 815.261.1739, or our Janesville office at 608.208.1576.