Will my insurance cover sedation dentistry?
- Posted on: May 26 2015
It has been a long time since I have seen a dentist. This is mainly because I haven’t had dental insurance. Now I’m scared to go to the dentist because I’m afraid he will have to do a lot of painful procedures. Do you know if my new dental insurance from my employer will cover sedation dentistry? I can feel myself getting worked up and I know I need to go in. Fingers crossed my plan will cover sedation, so I can get on with my life.
– Carolyn in New York
First off, you are not alone in being scared of the dentist. Millions of Americans dread the dentist. That is why sedation dentistry is so beneficial for patients that deal with anxiety.
Most dental insurance plans will cover the procedures, but unfortunately sedation dentistry is typically an out-of-pocket expense. You may want to contact your insurance carrier directly and ask them about sleep dentistry or oral sedation. It is possible they would be able to get you a discounted rate. If it’s not covered, you can call the dentist you are planning to visit and have them give you an estimate before the appointment. That way you can plan accordingly.
Sedation dentistry enables the dentist to do much more work in one sitting. You will feel indifferent to what is going on and when it’s all over, patients describe it like no time has passed. You will still be conscious with sedation, so it’s different than general anesthesia you receive at the hospital. There will also be a staff member present during the entire appointment to make sure your vitals look okay. Don’t put it off any longer. If you are searching for a new dentist, it may be in your best interest to Google a cater to cowards dentist. This type of practice will help make you feel comfortable and be attentive to your anxiety.
This post is sponsored by Atlanta cosmetic dentist Flax Dental.
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