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Does Insurance Cover Sedation Dentistry?

December 9, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — boylesdentistry @ 9:52 pm

Woman afraid to open her mouth.Do feelings of fear keep you from visiting the dentist on a regular basis? Sedation dentistry can be a great way to comfortably receive the dental care you need so you can maintain your oral health. However, if you’re concerned about the cost, it’s a good idea to contact your insurance to see if dental sedation is covered. Many insurance plans will include it, especially if you are having oral surgery or completing multiple and complex treatment procedures. Your dental insurance coordinator can also help you determine if sedation is a covered procedure. If not, the good news is that many forms of sedation are very affordable.

Types of Dental Sedation

Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a mild form sedation that can be used during most types of dental procedures, including cleanings. Nitrous is administered through a mask worn during your procedure since it is a breathable gas. It works quickly to help you relax but also leaves your system quickly when the mask is removed.

Oral conscious sedation is delivered in the form of a pill taken one hour before your procedure. The medication helps you feel relaxed, but it also has an amnesic effect, so you’ll have little to no memory of your procedure afterward. Due to the nature of the medication, it is recommended that you take the rest of the day off to rest afterward.

Insurance and Dental Implants

If you are living with failing or missing teeth, dental implants are a wise investment because they replace both your tooth and your root. Restoring your lost root helps to keep your jawbone stimulated and healthy while replacing your tooth with an implant crown keeps your neighboring teeth from shifting.

Currently, most dental insurance plans are not covering dental implants. Some plans may allow coverage for the implant crown, but most are not covering the surgical portion of the procedure. As the popularity of dental implants grows, there is hope that insurance companies will start recognizing the benefits of this innovative procedure and begin providing coverage.

If you are interested in dental implants or sedation, contact your dental insurance coordinator to learn more about your own unique coverage and benefits.

About Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center

Your highly skilled team of dentists at Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center boasts nearly 80 years of combined dental experience. This team’s expertise allows them to offer a wide array of dental services including options for sedation, and comprehensive implant dentistry.

We also offer convenient payment plans that are designed to help you get the dentistry you need promptly.

If you would like to contact Boyles General Dentistry & Implant Center, we can be reached by calling 432-685-7011 or through our website.

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