Sedation dentistry is becoming a more popular method under which patients in the Longview area can achieve better dental health. It is no surprise that many children and adults are uneasy about the idea of visiting the dentist. Dr. Clint Bruyere has seen many patients who have been downright fearful about getting in the dental chair, even for a simple professional cleaning. Dental anxieties are extremely common, but that doesn’t mean that patients need to continually have negative, fearful experiences at the dental office. Instead, Dr. Clint Bruyere in Longview offers his patients a way to get through their dental appointment without apprehension: sedation dentistry.
Sedation dentistry uses oral medication to help put a patient at ease. It works by relaxing the individual well before they arrive at the dental office for whatever treatment it may be. The medication works for several hours until the patient returns home to rest. When they wake up, most patients do not have any memories of attending the dental appointment at all. However, they were conscious, coherent, and awake the entire time, able to answer questions, follow instructions, stand, and walk.
Sedation dentistry is a wonderful way to get extremely anxious patients into the dental office for their treatments. Patients interested in it often ask about the cost. This varies depending on the dose of medication needed to help patients in achieving the proper level of sedation. It may also be reduced for patients who have dental insurance coverage for sedation. Dr. Clint Bruyere’s front office team can work with patients and their insurance companies to find out if they have any coverage for oral conscious sedation. If not, out-of-pocket expenses can be broken up into payment plans to make treatment more affordable for individuals who need it.
Dr. Clint Bruyere reviews the cost and expectations of oral conscious sedation with his patients so they fully understand what their treatment will entail when sedation dentistry is involved. Patients must also be aware that they must arrange transportation to and from their dental appointment as they are not allowed to drive under the influence of these sedatives.