Do you suffer from dental anxiety? Does a dental visit make you feel stressed and fearful? Dental anxiety and fear of the dentist are leading causes of poor oral health in adults. Avoiding routine dental care leaves you vulnerable to tooth decay, gum disease, and the development of complex dental problems when issues go untreated.
Our Lincoln Park, Chicago, dental care team is committed to a compassionate and personalized approach to every patient. We want you to feel welcome, relaxed, and respected when you visit us for dental care. If you have dental anxiety or fear, we welcome you to discuss your thoughts and concerns so that we can find a solution that enables you to maintain your oral health.
Dr. Gayed and Dr. Shaw offer dental sedation for our patients who prefer to feel completely relaxed during their dental procedure or have an invasive treatment. Sedation dentistry can enable fearful patients to receive the dental care they need or desire without stress. In addition, Dr. Gayed and Dr. Shaw can provide sedation dentistry upon request to our patients who are undergoing general dentistry treatments.
Sedation Dentistry in Chicago
We offer oral conscious sedation in the form of prescription medication such as Xanax to help you feel relaxed during your dental care! Conscious sedation creates a feeling of deep relaxation or euphoria so that you do not feel any discomfort. This method is different from general anesthesia because it doesn’t render you completely unconscious. You will still be awake and responsive, allowing you to control your bodily functions.
One of the benefits of conscious sedation is that it takes effect in about an hour and wears off the same way. It will also alleviate your anxiety and fears of the dentist, reduce your gag reflex, and help you forget what happened.
There are no serious long-term side effects. For your safety, we recommend having a friend or family member drive you to your visit and take you home after it.
Can anyone use dental sedation?
Most patients are candidates for conscious sedation, but we will discuss your medical history before your visit to ensure your safety.
Does dental insurance cover sedation?
Most dental benefits will not cover the use of conscious sedation and Xanax. However, we will work with you to determine your dental benefits, as each insurance plan differs.