Sedation Dentistry Columbus, OH
Sedation dentistry is when a patient receives sedation during a dental procedure. There are various forms of sedation that East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry may choose from, and there are also different levels of sedation dentistry. The various types and levels of sedation each have their specific benefits and are each appropriate for different situations. Quite possibly all patients are candidates for sedation dentistry. Please discuss with our staff to see if sedation dentistry is appropriate for you.
It is common to feel anxious or nervous about a dental visit. Some people will avoid scheduling an appointment even if they know something is wrong. At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, we understand these concerns and want to make sure you have everything you need to feel comfortable and calm during your visit.
To help address these issues, we can offer a variety of sedation options, all of which are designed to create a more relaxed and calm experience.
At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, our entire team loves helping you develop optimal oral health as well as a functional and healthy smile. Our team uses forward thinking treatments and state-of-the-art technology, to ensure the most comfortable treatment for you. Our practice focuses on delivering personal care and developing individual treatment plans based on your unique needs. We emphasize preventive care and patient education because we want you to understand why it is important to keep your mouth healthy and how to do it. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment for an evaluation of the benefits of sedation dentistry for you.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
There are numerous benefits associated with sedation dentistry beyond the general reduction or even elimination of discomfort or pain. Sedation can help alleviate any anxiety that you may experience when visiting the dentist or undergoing a procedure. It will also reduce your gag reflex by numbing your gum sensitivity. Finally, because you will be more relaxed and not experiencing any discomfort, our team will have an easier time performing your treatment in an efficient manner resulting in a quicker procedure.
The Different Dental Sedation Levels
At East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry, we offer a variety of options for sedation. Our comprehensive range includes local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous sedation. The option best suited for you will be a result of the type of procedure you are preparing to undergo. Usually, you will fall into one of three sedation type categories.
- Mild Sedation: If your primary goal is to relieve anxiety, then mild sedation is the preferred choice. Typically, mild sedation will not only lessen your anxiety level, but it also decreases the level of discomfort associated with the procedure. In some cases, it may even eliminate any pain entirely.
- Medium Sedation: For procedures that are more intensive or invasive, medium sedation is usually performed. If you are in medium sedation, you are in a much deeper state of relaxation. Oftentimes, this procedure has the capacity to induce some mild amnesia. If you choose this as your sedation option, you should be aware that driving yourself home following the procedure is not allowed. It will be necessary for you to have someone to take you home.
- Heavy Sedation: Some procedures will require you be in as deep a level of sedation as is possible. The rationale for this is that anything less would make the procedure impossible to perform from a practical sense. This is referred to as heavy sedation. The experience for you is like a deep sleep. You will likely experience amnesia and be unable to recall any events that occur following the procedure.
The Types of Dental Sedation
There are two types of sedation offered: conscious sedation and general anesthesia. During conscious sedation, your consciousness is depressed for the duration of the procedure. In contrast, during general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious for the duration of the procedure. You will be unable to feel or remember any of the events associated with the procedure.
There are a variety of methods employed to provide sedation to you, which include:
- Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide is the most used and mildest administration of sedation. The administration process involves a mouthpiece that delivers nitrous oxide and puts you into a relaxed state. Nitrous Oxide also tends to reduce any pain or anxiety associated with the procedure.
- Oral Sedation: Oral sedation is a more intense form of sedation. Oral sedation uses anxiety medication to put you into a deep state of calm. This effect can last for several hours after the procedure is done. Because of this, you will not be allowed to drive yourself home following the procedure.
- IV Sedation: The most intense form of sedation is Intravenous, or IV sedation. During this process, you are put into a state of unconsciousness close to sleep for a relatively longer period. You will experience amnesia both before and after the procedure. Because of the intensity of the effects, you are not allowed to drive following the procedure, and should plan to have someone available to drive you home.
WHAT OUR PATIENTS SAY
Dr. Levy and the staff are wonderful, friendly, caring people. They make you feel calm during what can be a very stressful time. I had a deep cleaning & extraction yesterday and it was painless and quick. I was in and out in just a little over an hour. I received instructions for my aftercare along with the items needed to take care of my mouth. I feel wonderful today, no pain and eating normally. If you have anxiety about visiting the dentist, come see Dr. Levy and staff, they will put you at ease and take good care of you!
- Christi L
Everyone made me feel so welcomed even though I was nervous, Dr. Levy was great and informative made me feel very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone.
- Dee H.
The Cost of Your Sedation Dentistry
The cost of your sedation dentistry will vary depending on your individual needs and your treatment plan. We will discuss with you the cost of your treatment and each of your available payment options before we begin, so that you can make the best choice for your situation.
Affordable Payment Plans
Your smile is an invaluable asset, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to receive the best dental care when you need it. East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry accepts most major credit cards and insurance plans. Our office staff is always available to help you with insurance claims and paperwork. We will work with your insurance provider to make sure that your coverage meets your needs and your budget.
Please let us know if you have any questions about your insurance coverage.
A Mission Statement YOU can Trust for High Quality Periodontal Care
The entire team at East Columbus Periodontic and Implant Dentistry is focused on providing you with excellence in periodontal and implant care in a concerned, caring, gentle, friendly, and relaxed environment.
Our philosophy of care is multidisciplinary, to create partnerships with your general dentist as well as other dental specialists and provide you with the most comprehensive treatment planning and care that is available today.
Our team believes that communication is crucial for both you and us, both in written documentation and verbal communication. Value-based decisions are at the cornerstone of our personalized treatment for you. We are located at 5180 E. Main St., Suite A, Columbus, OH, 43213. Please call us today at 614-864-2561 to establish an appointment that works for your schedule.