Dr Kimmerling his staff have provided Sedation Dentistry for many years. They not only have years of experience but also attend training to stay up to date with the latest materials & techniques. Verde Pointe Dental Associates serves western Cobb County. Located just west of Marietta GA we have patients in Kennesaw, Atlanta, Smyrna, Vinings, Powder Springs, Austell, Mableton & Hiram. We are members of American Society of Implant & Reconstructive Dentistry (ASIRD) and follow all ADA, HIPPA, OSHA & CDC guidelines to help ensure the best service. Each patient receives the individual attention they deserve, and we have treated thousands of patients since 1982. We will work with your dental insurance and have financing options available. When you come to our office, you will seldom see anyone waiting in the “waiting” area. Even if you arrive early, we take pride to provide service “as soon as possible” even before the scheduled time. Feel free to call us @ (770) 423-4900.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is more than the anesthesia commonly given for pain control. Sometimes known as sleep dentistry patients with high anxiety often need some form of additional sedation. It refers to the extra calming of a patient before and during an appointment. It can be broad and general sedation such as an intravenous (IV) injection, or minimal such as inhaled sedation nitrous oxide gas or laughing gas. Oral sedation such as Valium is taken at about 1 hour before the appointment.
How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?
Sedation dentistry cost ranges from $50.00 for nitrous oxide to $250 for oral sedation. Insurance does not usually cover the cost.
Oral Sedation Dentistry vs. IV Sedation Dentistry
Oral is much less intrusive than intravenous IV sedation dentistry. Special training is needed before a dentist can offer IV sedation and that must be renewed every two years. Most dentists can provide inhaled or oral sedation. Generally, with oral sedation such as Valium, the purpose is just to calm the patient. IV sedation is used in more intense situations than just calming.
Pediatric Sedation Dentistry
Most children can complete most dental procedures using local anesthesia; however, some that are fearful, uncooperative or very young must be insulated from the stress and discomfort. If you suspect your child may need sedation dentistry, please advise the staff when making the appointment.
Sedation Dentistry Side Effects
Nitrous oxide is the only additional sedation that does not have immediate side effects which prohibit driving after the visit. IV and Valium must have a driver stay with the patients from the time the patient arrives for the appointment and take the patient home immediately after the treatment. Again, the driver must remain during the entire appointment. A driver is not needed with standard anesthesia.