Many patients in Pensacola experience some level of anxiety when visiting the dentist. Dr. Todd understands the stresses of getting endodontic work done, which is why he offers sedation dentistry here at Elite Endodontics.
Sedation dentistry helps patients relax during a dental appointment by using various types and levels of medication. For most appointments, sedation does not put the patient to sleep. Instead, it makes them feel more relaxed and less anxious while receiving endodontic work.
Is It Safe?
Sedation dentistry is a safe practice when performed by an experienced dental professional. Before the procedure, Dr. Todd will review your medical history with you and answer any questions you have about the procedure and anesthetic. Those patients with obstructive sleep apnea or past reactions to anesthesia should consult their primary care physician before undergoing sedation.
Dr. Todd is highly experienced and qualified to perform sedation dentistry. For every procedure, he follows the strict guidelines of the American Dental Association and has nearby artificial ventilation to reverse the effects of the anesthesia immediately, if needed.
Why Is Sedation Dentistry Needed?
Sedation dentistry is ideal for patients who experience severe anxiety when visiting the dentist or endodontist. Some patients struggle to schedule necessary dental appointments because of the extreme stress. Sedation dentistry eliminates anxiety so patients can receive the dental treatments they need for a healthy mouth.
Ideal candidates for sedation dentistry include the following:
- Patients who have a low pain tolerance
- Patients who have sensitive teeth
- Patients who need extensive endodontic work
- Patients who struggle to sit still during treatment
Does Every Root Canal Need Sedation Dentistry?
Patients undergoing a root canal have the option to use sedation. A root canal is a relatively painless procedure where the dentist removes an infected tooth pulp, cleans the tooth, and seals the tooth to prevent further infection.
For root canal procedures, Dr. Todd will first numb the area to eliminate pain or discomfort. If undergoing any dental treatment causes anxiety, it is best to ask Dr. Todd about your sedation options when you first speak with us.
Is Sedation Expensive?
Sedation dentistry is relatively inexpensive; however, the cost will depend on certain factors:
- The type or level of sedation
- The type of dental procedure or treatment
- The dental professional
Dr. Todd and our team at Elite Endodontics work with our patients to review their payment options and establish an affordable plan. When considering sedation dentistry, ask Dr. Todd about your options and potential costs.
What Levels of Sedation Are Available?
Oral sedation: For oral sedation, patients receive oral medicine about an hour before the procedure. Small doses of the medication create minimal sedation, which will help take the anxiety out of the root canal procedure. Depending on the dental anxiety at hand, Dr. Todd can work with you to find a balance of relief without feeling groggy or sleepy.
Dr. Todd will discuss your sedation options with you to determine which method would be best for your specific procedure.