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Blake Street Dental | Sedation Q & A in Denver

Blake Street Dental P.C.

Dr. Arnold Cullum B.Sc., D.D.S.

1732 Blake Street
Denver, CO 80202

(303) 814-2200

Sedation Q & A

Who is a candidate for sedation?

If you have anxiety or fear about going to the dentist you are a candidate for sedation dentistry. If you have a fear of pain, have had a traumatic dental experience in the past, or the sounds and smells of a dental office make you nauseous, sedation dentistry can help you get over the anxiety.

Some people have physical reactions to the dentist's office, like a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth, which make them a candidate for sedation dentistry, as well. If you are not sure if you fall into any of those categories, talk to your dentist.

Will I be unconscious?

No, but you will be in a deep state of relaxation. You will be able to breathe on your own and communicate, but you will not feel any pain or anxiety. You may not even remember the procedure afterwards.

How long will I be sedated?

Sedation can last from about 2-6 hours depending on the strength of sedative you are given and how long your procedure takes.

Will I be monitored?

Yes, at all times during your sedation someone will be with you. We also monitor your vitals to make sure they remain at normal levels. Safety is of the utmost importance to us.

Are there any long term effects of sedation?

No. You may feel a little groggy and "out of it" afterwards, but in a few hours you will feel like yourself again. You will need to have someone drive you home from your appointment though. 

What procedures can be performed under sedation?

Just about any procedure can be performed with sedation. The sedation is not for the procedure itself, but for the anxiety that accompanies it. Ask your dentist if you think sedation will help you relax.

How many appointments will I need to complete my dental work?

In most cases it can only take two appointments. The first appointment will be a consultation to check your health history and make sure you are a candidate for sedation. The next appointment will be to perform the necessary procedures. This can usually be done in one appointment, but may require a follow up visit.

Will my insurance cover sedation?

In most cases it will not be covered by your insurance provider. We will review your coverage and let you know if it is covered or what the cost would be and, if necessary, put together a financing plan for you.

Denver Dentist | Sedation Q & A. Arnold Cullum is a Denver Dentist.