Sedation Dentistry in Hilliard, OH

Easing Dental Anxiety for a Stress-Free Experience dentist and patient talking about sedation denistry

At Fishinger Dental in Hilliard, OH, Dr. Nathan Desai and our team understand that dental fears and anxiety are common concerns for many patients. Shots, drilling, and procedures can be daunting, but we’re here to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

We offer dental sedation options to alleviate anxiety and provide a stress-free visit. With our sedation options, you can say goodbye to dental fears and discomfort. Contact Fishinger Dental at (614) 771-6060 to learn more and schedule your appointment. Let us help you achieve a healthier smile without worrying about dental treatment.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry involves the use of sedatives to help patients relax during dental procedures. There are several types of sedation techniques available, including nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedatives, intravenous (IV) sedation, and general anesthesia. The choice of sedation method depends on factors such as the patient’s anxiety level, the complexity of the procedure, and their medical history.

Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry offers numerous benefits for both patients and dental practitioners, such as:

  • Reduction of anxiety and fear
  • Enhanced patient comfort and relaxation
  • Facilitation of complex dental procedures
  • Increased cooperation and compliance from patients
  • Time efficiency for both patients and dentists

Candidates for Sedation Dentistry

Various individuals can benefit from sedation dentistry, including:

  • Patients with dental anxiety or phobia
  • Individuals with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients undergoing lengthy or invasive dental procedures
  • Those with physical or mental disabilities
  • Pediatric patients

Dental Sedation Options at Fishinger Dental

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is an excellent option for individuals with mild to moderate dental anxiety. At Fishinger Dental, we utilize nitrous oxide to help patients feel calm and reduce apprehension during their treatment. 

With a comfortable mask delivering a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, patients experience a soothing sensation, transforming previous negative experiences into positive ones. Our dental team will make sure you have a safe and comfortable experience throughout your dental visit.

Oral Conscious Sedation

For patients experiencing moderate to severe dental anxiety, Fishinger Dental offers oral conscious sedation as a solution. With just one pill (Triazolam/Halcion) taken an hour before your scheduled treatment, you’ll begin to feel relaxed and at ease by the time of your appointment. 

Throughout your procedure, vital signs are monitored, ensuring your safety and comfort. While oral conscious sedation induces a state of relaxation and tiredness, it may also result in partial amnesia, providing a comforting experience for patients.

IV Conscious Sedation

For severe dental anxiety or extensive oral surgery needs, IV (intravenous) conscious sedation at Fishinger Dental offers unparalleled anxiety relief and relaxation. Utilizing Versed, a benzodiazepine medication, IV sedation provides deep sedation and compliance throughout the procedure.

Unlike oral sedation, IV sedation allows for precise titration of the medication, ensuring the perfect level of sedation while maintaining consciousness and responsiveness. Throughout the procedure, vital signs are closely monitored, including BP, pulse rate, and Pulse Oximetry (Oxygenation of Blood), guaranteeing the utmost safety and comfort for the patient.

Costs and Insurance Coverage

The cost of sedation dentistry varies depending on the type of sedation used and the complexity of the procedure. While some dental insurance plans may cover sedation services, coverage may be limited or require pre-authorization. Patients should inquire about financing options and assistance programs to manage costs effectively.

At Fishinger Dental, we’re committed to providing patients with the dental care they need without worrying about their financial situations. We provide various ways to pay for your dental treatments. To learn how to pay for your dental treatment, call our Hilliard office at (614) 771-6060.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is dental sedation safe?

Yes, dental sedation is safe when administered by trained professionals. The dental team follows strict safety protocols and monitors patients closely throughout the sedation process to monitor their well-being.

Will I be unconscious during dental sedation?

It depends on the type of sedation. Nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation induce a state of relaxation and calmness while allowing patients to remain conscious and responsive. IV conscious sedation can range from moderate to deep sedation, with the patient being conscious but potentially having limited memory of the procedure.

What is Versed?

Versed is part of a group of drugs called benzodiazepines. Versed is a central nervous system depressant, and it provides sedation, hypnosis-like compliance, anxiety relief, drowsiness, reduced gag reflex, and muscle relaxation. It generally induces anterograde amnesia, so the majority of patients don’t remember the entire procedure.

Due to the drug being administered IV, it can be titrated to the perfect amount, so the patient becomes aware and less sedated at the end of treatment.

Are there any side effects of dental sedation?

While dental sedation is generally safe, some patients may experience side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, or headaches. These effects are usually mild and transient, resolving on their own as the sedative wears off. Our dental team will discuss potential side effects and address any concerns before administering sedation.

Take the First Step Towards a Relaxing Dental Visit: Reach Out Today!

Nothing beats an easier, more comfortable dental visit. If you have questions about our sedation dentistry or want to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (614) 771-6060. Our friendly team at Fishinger Dental in Hilliard, OH, is here to help you overcome dental anxiety and achieve a stress-free dental experience. Fishinger Dental welcomes new and returning patients in Columbus, Dublin, Upper Arlington, Grove City, and Westerville, OH!

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