Sedation dentistry might be right for you if you have:
There are several sedation options for sedation. We would be more than happy to speak with you either on the phone or in person to determine the very best choice for your own unique needs.
Inhalation sedation, also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is historically the most widely used dental sedation technique by dentists. With Nitrous Oxide, you’ll breathe a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen through a comfortable nose mask. The gas has a euphoric effect which relaxes you.
Intravenous sedation or IV sedation helps to manage moderate to severe levels of dental anxiety. With IV sedation, a combination of sedative drugs and analgesics are administered intravenously into your bloodstream. We work with board certified dental anesthesiologist Dr. Jason L. Joseph to provide IV sedation services. Dr. Victoria Laor, our oral surgeon, is also able to offer IV Sedation to the people who she is treating. Your providers will monitor your breathing, blood pressure, and heart rate throughout your appointment to keep you safe and healthy!
General Anesthesia: Some patient groups with severe dental phobias or certain pathological conditions may need deep sedation in order to undergo dental procedures. General anesthesia, when the patient is completely unconscious, is also known as deep sedation. The patient is unresponsive, immobilized, and breathing assistance is required. This procedure can be riskier, and involves the administering of anesthesia by an anesthesiologist in a surgical environment, which also makes it more costly.
The fees for sedation will likely range from $199 for nitrous oxide to $3,200 for a full day of IV sedation. It depends on the type of sedation, length of the procedure, and the number of visits.
We utilize a number of different medications in our sedation treatment based upon the length of your appointment and your current medical status. Some of the more common types of oral sedation medications are Valium, Versed, Ativan, and Benzodiazepines.
Most insurance companies will not cover sedation, as they consider it an elective service. However, we offer many flexible payment options to help.
To ensure your health and safety, in most cases your dentist needs to perform an evaluation to determine what type of sedation is right for you and to double check that you’re healthy enough to undergo the procedure. We can generally offer Nitrous Oxide gas at your 1st visit. If you do choose another sedation option, chances are we’ll need to set up a follow-up visit for your treatment. When you come in for your sedation appointment, you’ll need to be accompanied by a friend or family member who can escort you safely from our office. Because of these precautions, we will generally need to meet you for an initial examination and consultation before offering some kinds of sedation for your treatment.
Dr. E. Robert Wardius graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1981 as a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honor society. He has been a practicing dentist for over 30 years, providing all facets of general dentistry, as well as implant and oral surgery. Dr. Wardius has trained at…
Dr. Victoria Laor received a Bachelor of Biologic Sciences, followed by a Doctorate in Dental Surgery from the University of Illinois. She then went on to complete her residency in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the Christiana Care Health System, serving as the chief resident in her fourth year. Currently, she is an Adjunct Clinical…