Getting Kids to Go to the Dentist is Like Pulling Teeth – Unless You Know the Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Let’s be honest here. Thirty percent of us don’t go to the dentist as often as we should because we are afraid of the pain it will cause us. This fear doesn’t come without merit. Many of us have personally experienced the all-too-familiar painful injection, tooth pulling, and drill grinding. Others have heard horror stories from family and friends and trust them enough to take their word for it.
Since we are afraid, it makes sense that our children are afraid too. And even though you might force them to go and deal with all the stress that the fear of getting hurt causes them, do you really want to scar them for life? Going to the dentist has always been construed as a dangerous undertaking. That is until now!
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry:
One of the major benefits of sedation dentistry is that people often feel like their dental procedure lasts only a few minutes, when in fact it might have taken hours to perform. Therefore, complex dental procedures such as smile makeovers or extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments. This means less time off work and away from our busy schedules and sometimes even less expensive dental treatments – not quite a BOGO deal – but definitely cheaper.
Often, unrepaired teeth can affect our social life, employment choices, and even our attitude. If you are reluctant to change the appearance of your smile because you are afraid or anxious about undergoing long or complicated dental procedures, sedation dentistry can make you feel comfortable during the treatment process and help you achieve a smile that you can be proud to display.
Also, because sedation dentistry addresses some of the fears that keep people from going to the dentist on a regular basis, sedation dentistry patients are more likely to receive recommended routine care. As a result, they are less likely to neglect their oral health or allow oral health problems to build to the point when drastic dental treatments become necessary.
What is the Difference Between Sleep Dentistry and Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry has occasionally been dubbed sleep dentistry, but this term is misleading. In fact, you do not sleep during the procedure, but because of the effects produced by the sedative, you may feel sleepy during and for a few hours after the oral procedure. For now, sleep dentistry doesn’t exist.
Sedation dentistry enables you to be kept awake throughout the entire procedure, but you will feel relaxed and likely won’t remember much about your treatment.
Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?
According to Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS Education), a professional dental organization dedicated to ensuring that patients receive safe, comfortable and anxiety-free dental care, insurance companies do not pay for sedation; however, some non-intravenous sedation procedure codes may apply to your treatment.
For example, if you are undergoing periodontal scaling and root planning of all four quadrants of your mouth, insurance companies may cover the costs of this procedure if it is completed in one appointment if you are sedated, rather than requiring you to stretch out the procedure to four separate appointments.
Nevertheless, even if you have to pay for sedatives to get your kids (or yourself) to visit the dentist, it is far cheaper to pay for it out of your own pocket than to risk prolonging a visit to the dentist because of fear and anxiety of injections, pullings, and grindings.