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Sedation Dentistry – Louisville, KY

Worried About Your Treatment? We Can Help!

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If you’re the kind of person who avoids dental care in general because you’re afraid of discomfort, then the prospect of having periodontal therapy or implant surgery performed is probably not an exciting one. Dr. Cordini is well known for his chairside manner in helping patients relax during their treatments, but for those who need a little extra help staying calm, we invite you to call and ask about our options for sedation dentistry in Louisville, KY.

Why Choose Cordini Periodontics & Implants for Sedation Dentistry?

  • A Gentle, Caring Periodontist
  • A Team That Takes Their Time
  • Three Sedation Options Available

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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The mildest form of sedation available in dentistry, nitrous oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas.” While nitrous oxide is not guaranteed to make you “laugh” per se, it does instill a deep sensation of relaxation and even euphoria in patients. The gas-based sedative is gently inhaled through a small nasal mask that is worn throughout your procedure. In a matter of minutes, you’ll start to feel the effects of the sedative wash over you, making it very easy to keep calm during your appointment.

When your appointment is over, we’ll remove the combination of nitrous and oxygen, allowing you to breathe regular air for the next few minutes. The effects should fade as quickly as they came, making it easy for you to drive yourself home.

Oral Conscious Sedation

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For those with moderate levels of anxiety, oral conscious sedation can provide lasting relief for several hours after taking. The sedative comes in a pill form that is taken orally prior to your appointment. Once the sedative kicks in, you’ll experience a deep state of relaxation that puts your anxiety at ease, making it much easier to complete just about any procedure. However, because the effects of the sedative are stronger on average, you’ll experience lingering effects even after your appointment is over. That means you’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home.

IV Sedation

IV drip containing sedation used in dentistry

At the beginning of your procedure, we’ll deliver a sedative intravenously into a nerve on your hand or arm. You’ll start feeling the effects right away, going into a highly relaxed state. Most patients find that they don’t remember the actual treatment afterwards, which is perfect for those who have anxiety regarding any kind of dental work. Remember to make arrangements to have someone else drive you home; the effects will not have worn off completely by the end of the treatment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is often recommended for those with anxiety or dental phobia, but it’s also ideal for those with the following:

  • Difficulty keeping still or your mouth open for extended periods of time
  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Low pain tolerance
  • Resistance to local anesthetic
  • Cognitive or physical impairments that make dental treatments difficult

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Q and A about sedation dentistry

If your heart races when it's time to go to the dentist, or you need dental work, sedation dentistry may be right for you. Your sedation dentist in Louisville, Dr. Cordini, can keep you comfortable. It's normal to have some concerns about the road ahead. Dr. Cordini will explain everything during your consultation. While you wait, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Sedation dentistry is safe for most patients with good health. Dr. Cordini will review your medical history and any OTC or prescribed medications because some can interfere with sedation. Your dentist will choose the safest sedative for your needs. Nitrous oxide is safe for most people, including children. You'll be monitored closely by your dental team from start to finish.

What Does It Feel Like Under Dental Sedation?

The effects you'll feel vary depending on the type used. Nitrous oxide can cause a heavy or tingling sensation in the extremities while you reach a high level of relaxation. The effects dissipate within a few minutes after the inhaled sedative is stopped. Oral conscious is a bit stronger. The prescribed medication doesn't "put you to sleep," however, you might doze off because it can make you drowsy. You can still be awakened easily by verbal and physical stimuli. It can take a few hours for the sedative to wear off, so you'll need someone to drive you home. IV sedation provides stronger effects. You'll sleep through your appointment and won't have any memory of the procedure. You'll need to limit your activities for the rest of the day because you can feel groggy for a few hours.

Will I Feel Any Pain with Dental Sedation?

Dr. Cordini can use a numbing agent to block any pain during your appointment. He also uses the latest treatments and techniques, so you won’t have to worry about a painful day in the dentist’s chair. Although you won't feel anything during your procedure, your mouth may be a little tender, depending on your treatment. You can manage it with an OTC pain reliever. Dr. Cordini will review any additional aftercare instructions before you head home.

Will I Remember Anything?

It's not unusual to have fragmented memory loss, which can be great for patients with negative past dental experiences. It's also beneficial if you have dental-related fears or anxiety.

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

There's no flat fee for sedation dentistry because many factors affect the cost, like the type of sedative and the amount administered. A member of our team will explain the fee during your consultation. Dental insurance often considers sedation as an elective service, but there are exceptions. If applicable, we will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your benefits to lower the amount you’ll pay. We offer many financial solutions for any remaining balance. Besides traditional payment methods, we also accept third-party financing. You can make monthly installments to keep sedation affordable.