Anesthesia, sometimes referred to as sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry, is a great option for many patients, especially those who are nervous or anxious to undergo a dental procedure. Sedation can vary from light to deep, based on the procedure and the patient’s needs, and can be adjusted quickly as needed.
As part of our commitment to providing you with the best possible oral care, and minimizing your discomfort and anxiety, we have contracted with Anesthesia Consultants of Arizona to administer sedation in our office. Anesthesia Consultants of Arizona is one of Arizona’s premier anesthesia groups, offering their services to medical and dental offices, surgery centers, and hospitals across the state. All of their anesthesia providers are board certified, and all members of their anesthesia team maintain current certifications in both Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).
When you schedule to have sedation for you dental procedure, you will receive and information packet from Anesthesia Consultants of Arizona. It will contain all the information you will need to know for your procedure, including cost, pre-anesthesia and post-anesthesia instructions, a health history questionnaire, etc. You will bring this packet back with you to your appointment, with the forms completed. Don’t hesitate to contact them if you have any questions.
The anesthesia provider will be right next to you for the entire length of the case, constantly monitoring your vital signs, breathing, and ensuring your safety. They follow the same safety guidelines that are used in hospitals. A nurse will be with you after the case is completed and you are awake, making sure you are recovering well, and will get you ready to go home. Depending on the procedure and how it was tolerated, you may receive prescriptions for pain and/or anti-nausea medication.
A member of the anesthesia team will call you, later in the evening or the next morning, to follow-up with you and make sure you are doing okay.
The fee for anesthesia is typically not covered by insurance. The anesthesia fee is based on the time required by your dentist to complete the procedure. There is no charge for pre-procedural or anesthesia recovery time. Because the anesthesia fee is based on time, the fee will vary, from $400 (1 hour) to $1600 (4 hours) as an example. The fee for anesthesia services is required in advance of the procedure, and can be paid the morning of you procedure. Accepted forms of payment are: Credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover), Care Credit, or by personal or certified check or money order. Please do not bring cash. PayPal Credit is also accepted, but you will need to contact Anesthesia Consultants of Arizona ahead of time if you would like to use this payment option. You will not receive a bill for additional fees if you case goes longer than expected.