Cost of IV Sedation Dentistry
How Much Does It Cost To get Put to Sleep at the Dentist?
Sedation dentistry can be expensive but the actual cost depends on the level sedation and how many dental appointments are necessary to complete the case. Dental sedation is charged by the amount of time. The fee for full IV sedation dentistry is usually $500 to $1000 per hour and $150-$250 per 15 minute increment after the first hour. The time is only for when the patient is sedated for dental work and does not include set up time or sedation recovery time. Often in complex dental sedation cases the fee of the dental work will be lowered and will more than offset the sedation fees. When a patient sleeps comfortably through the procedures it is easier on the patient and the sedation dentist.
Dr. Adams is our sedation dentist. He will meet with you personally to determine what level of sedation you need to comfortably tolerate your dental care whether it be twilight anesthesia or full IV sedation. Dr Adams is one of few dentists in the Washington-Baltimore area who sedates people for regular dental work as well as complex procedures.
“It’s amazing how well people do and how well they heal when they are calm and comfortable throughout their dental procedure.”
Costs of Nitrous Oxide or Dental Gas Sedation:
Nitrous Oxide aka laughing gas or twilight sedation can be used in cases where there is mild to moderate dental anxiety. The cost of Nitrous Oxide or laughing gas Sedation Dentistry is usually $100-$150 for the first hour of laughing gas and $25-$50 per 15 minute increment after the first hour. Nitrous Oxide dental sedation is ideal for shorter appointments where there is moderate or less dental anxiety. laughing Gas sets in quickly and wears off quickly with no “hang-over” effect. Nitrous Oxide is very safe, and convenient and inexpensive because it requires very little monitoring, expertise in anesthesia and the risks of complication are very low to practically non-existent. Nitrous Oxide does not require a patient to be off foods and liquids prior to sedation. Nitrous Oxide wears off so quickly that recovery is full within 15-20 minutes and a patient can even drive themselves home after the procedure.
Cost of Oral Sedation Dentistry
The Costs of Oral Sedation Dentistry is $500 per hour. Most patients in our office do not opt for oral sedation dentistry because it is nearly as expensive as IV full sedation and it is no where near as predictable and reliable of a Sleep Dentistry modality. Additionally in the event of a sedation emergency, the oral sedative is much more difficult to reverse because there is not an IV in place for quick administration of sedative reversal drugs.
For longer sleep dentistry appointments and in cases of moderate to severe dental anxiety or phobia, IV full sedation is the best sedation dentist technique. Full general dental sedation requires a lot more expertise by the sedation dentist, a site license through the State of Maryland and very specialized training for the sleep dentist who delivers the anesthesia. IV sedation dentistry is the most expensive form of sedation dentistry, but in cases where more extensive dentistry is necessary, many dental appointments can be combined into one. Literally what may ordinarily take 10 appointments can be accomplished in one or two sedation dentistry appointments. Full sedation dentistry for more advanced cases may cost less money and time because a large case can be done in much fewer appointments resulting in a better patient experience and reduced sleep dentistry costs and time. Dr. Adams, our sedation expert, will usually adjust the fee lower for all the dental work since it is easier to do under sedation.
Costs of Different Types of Dental Sedation
The cost of intravenous sedation is a lot higher than laughing gas sedation. The price for IV deep sedation dentistry can be between $300 – $1000 depending on how long the sedation dentist takes to perform the procedures. Often times when complex dental treatment is done and the cost of the procedures are high, the fees for sedation may be included in the fees of the case or offset by a reduction in the fees for all the dental work. For example, if a patient needs 5 implants and 10 extractions, the cost of the case is already thousands of dollars and the doctor may not charge extra for the IV dental anesthesia. Or the dentist may charge less per implant because he is doing several at once.
How much is General Anesthesia for Dentistry?
General Sedation is very rarely needed for dental work. General Anesthesia is also not very practical in dentistry since it is necessary to maintain an airway for the patient. Often times, airways are done with tubes and a patient with a tube down there throat cannot get dental work since the tube is in the way of working on the teeth. All this being, said, general intravenous dentistry has been done and the fee is usually $1200 per hour plus. General dental sedation is usually done in a hospital setting by a team of dentist and anesthesiologist.