Sedation Dentistry FAQ

What is sedation dentistry and is right for you?

Dr. Moody and our dental team at Alaska Dental Arts understand that many of our patients are afraid of coming to the dentist and hesitate coming to receive the treatment they need. Whether you are hesitant to receive long treatments or feel anxious from the smells and sounds of a dental office, our team works hard to help you feel comfortable so you are never held back from achieving a healthier, happier smile. As part of this effort, we offer IV sedation dentistry in Anchorage, Alaska. Sedation dentistry encompasses our use of sedatives and anesthesia to guarantee you feel safe and relaxed before, during, and after treatment.

Why is Alaska Dental Arts one of the few Anchorage dentists who uses IV Sedation?

Fear and dental anxiety should not be a reason to hold off on receiving the dental care that you need.  Dr. Moody is able to accommodate patients who wish to be completely relaxed and free from anxiety during their dental visit. Alaska Dental Arts is one of the few dental clinics in Anchorage, AK who offer IV sedation.

While oral sedation can be effective, there are shortfalls in oral sedation dentistry, primarily because the response to a set dose of a drug is not predictable.

During IV sedation, medication will be giving through an IV that is placed in either the hand or inner arm.   IV sedation allows your dentist to deliver the appropriate amount of medication to obtain the optimal level of sedation and keep you at the desired level of sedation throughout the visit. In other words, IV sedation is faster, safer, and more predictable than oral sedation.

What benefits does IV Sedation provide to its patients?

Because you are completely relaxed, your dentist can accomplish a higher quality of dentistry in less time.  Often times, all treatment can be completed in a single visit.  Your dentist can administer additional medications through the IV to insure that you are comfortable and pain free after the visit is complete. Some insurances will cover the cost of IV sedation, either partially or completely.

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