Maybe fear of pain or anxiety about visiting the dentist is holding you back from getting the dental treatment you need. We understand that dental visits do not always make the top of your priority list, but we want you to know that we have some options available to make visits more manageable. Cosmetic dentist Nicholas Rallis, DDS and Dr. Gordon Barnes, our board-certified dental anesthesiologist, offer sedation dentistry at our practice, the perfect complement to your treatment plan if you suffer from dental anxiety or fear. Let us create the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve! Read some of our patient reviews to see how you can enjoy anxiety-free dental visits.
|Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)||Oral-Conscious Sedation||IV Sedation|
|Administered through a mask to help you relax throughout treatment||Anti-anxiety medication keeps you relaxed during treatment||Sedation administered into the bloodstream|
|Relaxed within minutes||Vital signs monitored throughout||We control depth of sedation and vital signs are monitored|
|Effects wear off shortly after gas is stopped||Effects may last several hours, we recommend arranging for someone to drive you home after your appointment||Allows for more extensive work in one visit; most patients have no memory of visit. Effects may last several hours, we recommend arranging for someone to drive you home after your appointment|
The fees for sedation dentistry generally depend on which method was employed during your treatment. According to Dental Economics magazine, the cost of sedation dentistry can range from approximately $50 for nitrous oxide, to $245 for oral sedation, to roughly $560 for IV sedation. While these figures do not necessarily reflect the prices at our practice, they may be able to help inform your decision when researching treatment options. After your consultation, our office will be able to give you an accurate quote of what your procedural expenses would be if sedation techniques were employed. To make it easier for you to receive the most comfortable treatment experience possible, our dentists work with CareCredit®— a highly reputable dental financing company that offers qualified applicants a range of flexible payment plans. Once approved through the easy application process, individuals can choose from a variety of low- to no-interest options to accommodate their budgetary concerns. If you have any additional questions about the cost of sedation dentistry, please contact our practice to speak to a friendly member of our team.
Although they do not always occur, mild side effects after your sedation-assisted treatment are possible, depending on which technique was utilized. Nitrous oxide rarely produces side effects once the gas is no longer ingested, although an incorrect dose may cause patients to feel temporarily lightheaded. Both oral-conscious sedation and IV sedation often cause individuals to retain no memory of their procedure. Side effects like dizziness or headaches generally occur when sedation is administered in an incorrect amount, highlighting the importance of having an accredited dental anesthesiologist monitor your treatment.
Sedation dentistry is considered a safe, useful technique to help patients alleviate their dental anxiety. In fact, sedation methods like nitrous oxide are often used as a reliable and harmless tool to calm children who are nervous about visiting the dentist. With that said, the safety of any treatment ultimately relies on whether a well-trained and experienced professional is exercising control over the procedure. At Center For Smiles, we provide patients with the highest quality of care by having all sedation administered and monitored by Dr. Gordon Barnes, our board-certified dental anesthesiologist. Dr. Gordon Barnes is not only a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology, but he is also a member of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists and the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia. Needless to say, Dr. Barnes has the skills, experience, and compassion necessary to help ensure you feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed during treatment.
Look forward to anxiety-free dental visits so you can take better care of your smile! Schedule your appointment today. Learn more about our sedation provider by visiting their website.Patient Testimonials Request Appointment