Common Questions Answered about Oral Sedation Dentistry near Springfield, VA

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No Fear with Oral Sedation Dentistry near Springfield, VA

“If you want to work on me, Doc, you’re going to have to knock me out first!”

A surprising number of people say things like this, and there are lots of different reasons why. For some, it’s just the fear of the sight of the treatment chair itself, and all those sharp, pointy instruments. For others, it’s the sound that gets them. Even if they’re numb, the sound just makes them jump, and of course, being jumpy with sharp objects in your mouth isn’t a recipe for a good outcome.

Others have a very sensitive gag reflex and physically can’t help but gag uncontrollably while the dentist is trying to work, making doing any kind of procedure, sans sedation, an uphill battle, and still others have problems getting or staying numb.

Whatever the specific reasons, we have an answer, and are more than happy to provide oral sedation dentistry near Springfield, VA when and as needed. There are, however, several things to keep in mind before being sedated and having any work done. We’ll cover the various things you should consider in the sections below.

Oral Sedation Dentistry near Springfield, VA – Your Questions Answered

As the name implies, oral sedation dentistry near Springfield, VA is accomplished via drugs, given to the patient orally. We recommend arriving about an hour before the procedure is slated to begin in order to give the medication time to start working.

Here are some of the more common questions we’ve gotten about the process over the years:

Q: If I make use of oral sedation dentistry near Springfield, VA, will you still numb me, or is it one or the other?

A: Yes, whether or not we sedate you, we’ll still numb the area where the work is being done.

Q: What drugs do you use and are there any side effects?

A: This is an interesting question, and more complex than it might first appear. There are a number of drugs that can be used where oral sedation dentistry near Springfield, VA is concerned. Here are just a few (note: this is not an all-inclusive list, there are others!)

  • Diazepam
  • Triazolam
  • Halcion
  • Versed
  • Zaleplon
  • Lorazepam
  • And Hydroxyzine

While there are few side effects other than grogginess when you wake up, there are a couple of points to consider:

  1. Let your dentist know if you’re currently taking medications to treat other conditions you may have, and check with your doctor to be sure that sedation is a wise choice for you. In some instances, one drug can interact badly with another, which can cause complications. As long as the dentist knows upfront, this can be worked around and accounted for.
  2. In a similar vein, if you are allergic to some medications, be sure to let the dentist know so provisions can be made, and your allergy taken into account.

Going back to the earlier point about grogginess, when you avail yourself of our oral sedation dentistry services near Springfield, VA, you’re likely going to be too groggy to get home by yourself, so on the day of your procedure, you’re going to want to have someone come with you so they can drive you home.

That gives many people pause. The thinking goes something like this: “If I have to miss a day of work to have this done, and I need a ride, then I’m going to cause someone else to miss a day of work too!”

We have an answer for that! Actually, with a bit of planning, neither you nor the person giving you a ride will have to miss any work at all. We keep our office open late several days a week specifically to avoid situations like that. At present, our office hours are as follows:

Monday: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Tuesday: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM

Wednesday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Thursday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Friday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Saturday: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Sunday: Office closed on Sundays

Q: Oral sedation dentistry near Springfield, VA just doesn’t work for me. Are there other options available?

A: Yes, and it’s true. There are sometimes, and some specific instances where oral sedation dentistry near Springfield, VA just isn’t the right choice for a particular person. In those instances, there are other options available.

IV sedation is one such option, although it’s not appropriate in many circumstances, and is generally reserved for the most invasive of procedures. Additionally, although the risks are still slight, IV sedation does carry more risk and have other potential side effects, to say nothing of the fact that it necessarily involves needles, which make some people squirm uneasily.

Another option is nitrous oxide, which you probably know by its informal name, “laughing gas.” Laughing gas is a good choice in a number of situations, and it does have some advantages over oral sedation. For one thing, it tends to work much more quickly, and it wears off just as fast. For another, when you come back around from it, in most cases, you won’t be so groggy that you can’t get home under your own power (although even then, we recommend having someone drive you home, just to be safe). In any case, yes, there are definitely other options available.

Q: Will my insurance cover sedation if I have to have it?

A: There’s no good way to answer that question because everyone’s insurance policy is different. In general, we can say that yes, most dental insurance plans do provide at least some coverage for sedation and anesthesia, although you’ll definitely want to check the particulars of your policy to be sure.

In any case, we have worked hard to expand the number of insurance carriers we work with, so odds are excellent that we take the dental insurance you’ve got. At present, we accept the following:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Assurant
  • Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  • Carefirst
  • Cigna (Total DPPO)
  • Delta Dental
  • GEHA
  • Guardian
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Metlife
  • Principal
  • Sun Life
  • And United Concordia (all plans except for active military)

Don’t worry if you don’t see your particular insurance company on the list. We’ve got other options available besides these! For example, we accept both CareCredit and the Citi Health Flexible Monthly Payment option.

If you don’t have either of those, we can always enroll you in our Platinum Membership Club, which offers significant savings on most of the services we provide. Our goal is to make your time with us as comfortable and pain-free as possible, both to you personally and to your wallet.

Q: If my insurance doesn’t cover 100% of the procedure, can I pay the balance online?

A: Yes, you absolutely can! In fact, you’ll find our website to be incredibly helpful and easy to use. Not only can you pay your bill online, but you can also schedule your next appointment and log in and view your dental records. All your information is at your fingertips, and the website is loaded with informative articles and other helpful information.

Do you have a question or concern not covered here? The answer is just a phone call away. We want your mind to be completely at ease before you have any work done, so if you have questions or concerns, just give us a call or stop by our office and let’s talk it through. We’ll be happy to help!

Your oral health is important. Don’t allow your fear of the treatment chair to keep you from getting the care you need. Don’t suffer with pain unnecessarily. We’ve got plenty of options available to help you relax and make sure that your time with us is pain and anxiety free.

Of course, we do a lot more than just general dentistry, so don’t think that it’s all about great oral health. That’s very important, no doubt, but so is getting the smile you’ve always wanted, which is why we also offer a full range of cosmetic dentistry services, and of course, if you’re having cosmetic work done, we can still employ sedation techniques if and as appropriate.

Your excellent oral health and perfect smile await!

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