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Light Sedation for Dental Work

Light Sedation for Dental Work

Unfortunately, dental work is often associated with discomfort, or even pain. The reality is that most dental work is pain free. However, due to our mind automatically connecting going to the dentist and being in discomfort, it is difficult to tackle fears of dental work.

There are a few options for those who are anxious about dental work. Our dental office has nitrous oxide and oral sedatives as an offered service. These sedative techniques can make you feel relaxed in the chair without long term effects. 

How it Works

Light sedation takes a few minutes to kick in, so don’t worry if you don’t feel the effects right away. Your dentist or dental hygienist will wait until you’re comfortable before starting their work. Oral sedatives are generally taken about an hour before your appointment and may last a while afterward. You will need to have a ride to and from the dental office so you don’t have to wait when your appointment is finished. 

Nitrous oxide wears off quickly once the mask is removed, so most patients are ready to drive home after a few minutes. 

Light Sedation FAQS 

Will my insurance cover light sedation? 

Not all insurances cover light sedation, such as nitrous oxide and oral sedatives. Be sure to ask the dental office to check your coverage before going forward with a light sedation service if cost is a concern. 

How much does nitrous oxide cost without insurance? 

We work with all patients that do not have nitrous oxide covered by their insurance.  If you do not have insurance at all, HCH will perform a quick analysis and see what the fee will be on our sliding fee scale.  We will never limit what services you are able to receive based on your ability to pay.

Are nitrous oxide and oral sedatives dangerous? 

Light sedation administered by your dentist is safe for most patients. However, your dentist will have questions about your medical history that will determine whether sedatives are right for you. Pregnancy, obstructive sleep apnea, substance abuse, and other concerns are important to discuss with your dentist before receiving light sedation. 

Does light sedation make you fall asleep? 

Most patients are awake, but comfortable during light sedation. Some patients may fall asleep during their dental work.