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Ask the Dentist: Sedation Dentistry

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Posted: Monday, October 28, 2013 8:05 am

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth also referred to as third molars, develop in the back of a patients mouth around the age of 17 or 18. They are just like permanent teeth and often come in on the upper and lower part of the gum.

Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?

Wisdom teeth are often extracted because there is not enough space for them in the mouth. Usually they are impacted, meaning the teeth come in at an angle, and can push on all the other molars – teeth won’t be straight than. Also, the gum tissue can become infected, there can be decay or jaw pain. There are cases where the wisdom teeth don’t need to come out, but that’s rare.

What does the surgery look like?

Surgery is usually done within an hour. It usually takes about 24-48 hours for a patient to recover. They shouldn’t go be playing sports for an example during that time. We also offer an IV sedation, which most offices don’t offer that.

What are the benefits of an IV sedation?

It mainly helps with those patients who have a fear of the dentist. Some patients have no fear, but there’s those who do and are so afraid that they can hardly walk in the door for a regular cleaning. IV sedations open an opportunity for patients to decrease any inhibitions. The patient is then more relaxed and the surgery is quicker. We are always monitoring our patients during the entire process of the surgical procedure.

Do you use the IV sedation for other procedures or surgeries?

Definitely. We can use it for root canals, crowns, implant procedures, extractions, IV denture delivery, full mouth extraction and others. Those are the main ones. It’s beneficial for patients because more dentistry can be completed in one visit.

Does insurance cover an IV sedation?

Our office accommodates insurances fees and we have discounts available to make it more affordable for patients. The fees vary with how many wisdom teeth and the condition they are in.

Dental Center of Mesa

Dr. Jonathan Kalika

1545 E. University Drive

Mesa, AZ 85203


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