I need to get full dentures, but I am terrified of the dentist. Is it possible to go to a hospital and have them removed under anesthesia?
Robin L. – Staten Island, NY
The quick answer is yes. However, I want to make sure you understand all your options, so you don’t go through unnecessary expense. There are two other sedation options that are significantly less costly and carry less risk.
- Oral Sedation Dentistry
This puts you in a sleepy state. You are not unconscious, but you will be unaware of the procedure. In fact, you may not remember the appointment at all. This is not only pain free, but safer than anesthesia. It can also be done at your dentist’s office instead of paying a hospital fee. It is a significantly more affordable treatment.
- IV Sedation
This is a deeper level of sedation. This is more expensive than oral sedation, but will still save you thousands of dollars. This sedation works very quickly. It is also useful for suppressing a strong gag reflex.
For either of these procedures you will need a sedation dentist. I would schedule a consultation with one or two of them and then make a decision that makes you completely comfortable.
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