Questions & Answers About Dental Sedation

Dental Phobia Is A Thing Of the Past With Brandon FL Sedation DentistryWanting to reduce your dental phobia but still have questions about sedation dentistry? The office of Riverview sedation dentist Dr. Bynum is happy to answer them. Some of the questions we hear most frequently from patients with dental phobia or other concerns include:

How Safe Is Dental Sedation?

As with any medical procedure, taking any kind of medicine like the sedatives used in sedation dentistry has inherent risks. That’s why it is so important to choose a certified dental sedation practice like Five Star Dental Care. Dr. Bynum’s years of experience providing sedation dentistry further minimizes the likelihood of any complications arising, and his trained staff provide the careful monitoring and attention required during any dental sedation visit. It’s also reassuring to know the entire staff is certified by the American Heart Association for Basic Life Support, with Dr. Bynum also holding Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification.

With a caring and educated team surrounding you, you’ll be able to truly relax, safe and comfortable throughout your dental visit.

Will I Feel Pain?

No. The sedatives used in conscious sedation not only reduce feelings of anxiety and dental phobia, they also increase the body’s tolerance to pain, allowing you to be complete relaxed and calm throughout your procedure.

What Will I Remember? Why Is There Amnesia?

Sedatives create feelings of euphoria or relaxation, and reduce the sensations of anxiety or fear. Because this can lead to a dreamlike state of relaxation, the brain doesn’t create memories, producing a temporary amnesiac effect for the duration of the dental sedation.

How Quickly Does Sedation Wear Off?

While “laughing gas” sedation wears off within minutes of discontinuing the flow, the sedatives used in oral conscious dental sedation last between two and six hours. In these cases, you will take a small, easy-to-swallow pill an hour before your appointment so that you’re relaxed and ready when you arrive at our Brandon FL dental office. While this will require you to have someone to drive you to and from the dental office, most patients will be able to quickly return to normal activities without pain or grogginess after their procedure is completed.

What Medications Are Used? What Side Effects Are There?

The oral sedatives used for sedation dentistry are called benzodiazepines. These drugs relax the body’s muscles, reduce anxiety, alleviate dental phobia and induce forgetfulness of the dental procedure.

While drug dependency and withdrawal symptoms can occur with these kinds of drugs, those side effects can only happen over repeated, regular, and prolonged use. With the short and focused time they are used in dental sedation, these negative side effects do not occur.

Will My Insurance Cover Dental Sedation?

It depends on the plan. While some treatments are not covered by insurance, Dr. Bynum’s dental team will work with you to determine what is covered by your insurance plan and then review the financial implications of any dental sedation offered. We don’t want financial concerns to be a barrier to you receiving vital dental care, which is why we have relationships with third-party financing companies CareCredit and Springstone to offer financing and low monthly payment options so you can get the care you need.

Still Have Questions?

Relaxed Tampa dental sedation patients no longer have dental phobia.
Contact our certified sedation dentist Dr. Jeff Bynum. He and his Tampa sedation dentistry staff are more than happy to help you overcome your dental phobia and answer additional questions. Give us a call today.

Learn what others think of sedation dentistry ->

New Patient Online Offer

FREE Sedation with Procedure ($400 Value)

Includes medication & monitoring, not any dental work

Contact us now for details

  • Your information is safe.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Meet Tampa Sedation Dentist Dr. Jeff Bynum

Riverview FL implant dentist Dr. Jeff Bynum Dr. Jeff Bynum, DDS of Valrico has been creating beautiful smiles in the Tampa – Brandon, FL area for more than 20 years. Learn more

Dr. Bynum, a dentist in Valrico, is a member of several prestigious associations

Visit Our Sedation Office

Visit dental implant dentist Dr. Jeff Bynum in Valrico, Florida Five Star Dental Care – Jeff Bynum, DDS
3203 Lithia Pinecrest Rd
Valrico, FL 33596-5634 map
Call: 813-653-2273

Return to Top

Talk Right Now

Connect to Five Star Dental Care!

Text message is limited to 160 characters.

  1. Enter your name and cell phone number, area code first
  2. Enter your text message in the box.
  3. Click "Send Text"
  4. A copy of this text will be sent to the office and to your cell phone. The office's reply will also be sent to your cell phone where you can continue the text conversation.

Note: Mobile message and data rates from your cell phone carrier may apply.