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Sedation Dentistry – Carmichael, CA

Patient Comfort

The idea of undergoing oral surgery is enough to make even the bravest person feel nervous, and we completely understand! Dr. Ji and the rest of our team believe that patient comfort is extremely important, so to ensure everyone has a relaxing experience while under our care, we’re happy to offer a variety of sedation dentistry techniques. Safe, gentle, and proven to be effective, sedation can help even the most persistent worries float away on a river of calm. To learn more about your sedation options with us, feel free to give us a call any time.

Why Choose Sheng Ji, DDS, MD Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Patient Comfort Always Comes First
  • Surgeon Dual-Trained in Both Medicine & Dentistry
  • Warm, Friendly, & Highly-Experienced Team
  • Extensive Training in the Safe Administration of all Forms of Anesthesia

Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation

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Nitrous oxide is so safe that it can even be used to help very young children, though it’s also effective for fully-grown adults. A patient simply inhales the odorless gas through a nasal mask to help them become more tranquil during a procedure. It only takes a few minutes for a patient to experience the effects, and once the appointment is over and the mask is removed, they quickly go away, allowing a patient to go straight back to their day without interruption.

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Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Patient taking sedative pill

For patients who experience mild to moderate anxiety associated with an upcoming procedure, Dr. Ji can prescribe them a medication to take at home the day of their appointment. The goal is for a patient to be sedated by the time they reach our oral surgery office so they feel comfortable from check-in to checkout. While in the chair, a patient will remain awake, but time will seem to go by very fast, and they will likely have fuzzy memories (if any) after their visit.

IV Dental Sedation

IV sedation drip

With IV sedation, the sedative is administered directly into the bloodstream using an injection in the hand or arm. This helps a patient become deeply relaxed very quickly, and we can actually adjust the sedative level in real time to ensure someone feels comfortable moment to moment. This approach is typically recommended for patients who have severe anxiety and/or are in need of an extensive procedure.

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General Anesthesia

Woman with eyes closed receiving dental treatment

General anesthesia enables a patient to literally sleep through their appointment and wake up with absolutely no memory of what happened during treatment. This method is very helpful for patients with extreme fear, those who have neck/back problems that make sitting for an entire appointment painful, and those who want multiple procedures completed in a single appointment in order to save time.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Portrait of curious woman who has questions about sedation dentistry

Dr. Ji and our team want to help you enjoy a positive experience in our office. We are ready and willing to talk to you about your sedation options so you can feel confident in your entire treatment plan. Before you call our practice to schedule a consultation, however, you may want to learn more about sedation dentistry in Carmichael on your own. To help you out, we have put together a list of frequently asked questions about this aspect of care. We hope you like what you learn!

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe? 

Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients. Before we approve you for any type of sedation, we will learn about your medical history, your current medications, and other factors that may have a bearing on whether sedation is appropriate for you. This careful screening reduces the risk that patients will suffer adverse effects.

While you are sedated, our team will carefully monitor you for any indications that something is amiss. On the small chance that something goes wrong, we are always ready to leap into action to provide the needed medical assistance. Dr. Ji is both a board-certified oral surgeon and a medical doctor, making him more than qualified to responsibly administer sedation.

Will I Remember Anything with Dental Sedation?

Whether you remember anything after your procedure will depend a lot on which type of sedation you receive. If you are put under general anesthesia, you will be unconscious and will therefore remember nothing. Although patients are technically conscious with IV sedation and oral sedation, post-op amnesia is a common side-effect. Amnesia is less common with nitrous oxide. Many patients are glad that they do not remember their oral surgeries; they dislike the sights and sounds of dental procedures and do not want to keep them in mind.

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

General anesthesia is the most expensive form of sedation because it requires complex monitoring equipment and a high level of training to administer. IV sedation also requires much expertise and may be somewhat costly. Oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide are more affordable, often costing just a few hundred dollars.

Our team will be sure to give you candid price estimates before you commit to anything. We can also help you apply for financing if you would like to pay for your entire treatment, including sedation, over time.

Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Insurance? 

Most insurance plans consider sedation to be a luxury, so they do not cover it. However, there are some exceptions. For example, if you have a disability that makes it difficult for you to stay still during dental treatments, your insurance policy may be more flexible. Also, if your procedure is particularly complex or lengthy, sedation might be deemed necessary and therefore be covered. Our practice welcomes dental insurance and will be happy to help you figure out how your policy applies to your recommended treatment plan.