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 Dentistry Sedation: Cost and Benefits

by Tijana

Sedation dentistry allows you to go through the treatment without fear and to sit more relaxed in the treatment chair. The costs amount to several hundred euros per hour.


Sedation options for your dental treatment

Many people in the world get goosebumps, sweats and weak knees just thinking about the dentist, the treatment chair, or the sound of the drill. Many people associate a visit to the “tooth plumber” with “fear”. 

Unpleasant experiences from childhood particularly affect us as adults – but then dental methods were not as gentle as they are today. Dentistry sedation can help.

Who pays for dentistry sedation?

You must almost always bear the costs of those treatments for therapeutic measures on teeth yourself. The same applies to treatment with laughing gas because here too the statutory health insurance does not cover the costs and you must pay the bill out of your pocket.

The cost of treatment: duration and scope are crucial

The costs of anesthesia are generally based on the duration of the operative measure. Depending on the scope and difficulty, the costs vary depending on the case. A one-hour dental procedure costs an average of around 250-300 euros – without the subsidy from the statutory health insurance.

The exact costs is individually made up of different factors:

  • Type, duration, and scope of the planned measure
  • Preliminary examinations
  • Chosen anesthetic method and the drugs used
  • Fee for dental treatment
  • Costs for anesthetists and the team

When do statutory health insurance companies cover the costs?

There are situations in which a general anesthetic at the dentist is medically necessary, and the statutory health insurance companies also cover the costs. Health insurance does not cover general anesthesia for dental treatment, which is desired but not necessary.

In which cases is general anesthesia or sedation useful for dental treatment?

For severe treatments

Dental treatments can be of quite different types. There are light and short measures for which patients either do not need or only need local anesthesia. General anesthesia is useful for heavy treatments, such as long and / or laborious operations on teeth, roots, or jaws.

A common example is a surgery to place dental implants in the upper or lower jaw. Also, the drawing of the same number of wisdom teeth belongs to a normal operational measure that can perform under general anesthesia. A local anesthetic often reaches its limits here. It is not effective enough or is not even consider because of a previous illness or allergy to the local anesthetics used. General anesthesia in dental practice may also be necessary in such cases.

If you have a dentist phobia

Regardless of the type or extent of dental treatment, there are also psychological reasons in favor of general anesthesia at the dentist.

The conscious experience of dental treatment can cause psychological stress or strain days before the dentist’s appointment, precisely because one feels helpless and at the mercy of the treatment chair.

For patients with such a psychological anxiety disorder or phobia (also called dental phobia), general anesthesia may be the only way to maintain a healthy smile. General anesthesia is necessary here to carry out therapeutic measures or to enable the anxious person to go to the doctor at all. Modern supplementary dental insurances have recognized this and added the extended pain elimination to their service portfolio.

Additional reasons

General sedation also makes sense for people with movement disorders that prevent them from remaining still. General anesthesia can also offer a way out for people with intellectual disabilities or pronounced gag reflexes. Another group in which we use general anesthesia are children. Children are often “uncooperative”, and it is difficult or impossible to perform treatments under local anesthesia.

Anesthesia without medical need

Even patients who do not consciously experience the dental treatment, avoid any pain, and do not want to expose themselves to the psychological stress of a dental procedure, can use a healing method under general anesthesia, provided that there is nothing contrary to their health. As a patient, you bear the costs yourself.

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