Costs for Sedation Dentistry
Costs for the different types of dental sedation will vary from dentist to dentist and location to location. This is the case not only in different parts of the country, but also within cities themselves. You’ll pay more for sedation dentistry in California than you will in Alabama. You may also pay more in different cities or within different parts of the same city. In general, however, for nitrous oxide sedation, you can expect to pay $200-300 dollars for the procedure. Unless the dentist has had extra training, he or she must invite a specially trained dental anesthesiologist to administer Oral and IV sedation and to monitor the patient throughout the procedure. Anesthesiologists are independently trained doctors who charge fees based on their expertise and experience. An anesthesiologist will generally charge between $100 and $300 per hour for providing sedation services during dentistry procedures.
You should be aware that most insurance does not cover sedation dentistry except for pediatric cases or cases that medically require sedation. In other words, while light sedation may be a good option to get you through your single root canal dental procedure without dental anxiety or discomfort, your insurance company will most likely not cover this cost. On the other hand if you are having six dental implants and a bone graft, your insurance company is much more likely to agree that IV sedation is necessary and pay for the service.