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 History/Why

Anesthesia Services in the field of dentistry have been around for a very long time with an excellent record of safety. In fact, a dentist, Horace Wells, is credited with the discovery of general anesthesia. These anesthesia services are quickly becoming increasingly and more readily available. Rocky Mountain Anesthesia's highly trained anesthesiologists specialize in providing you with advanced anesthesia services that are the same as that provided at the hospital, all in the comfort of your dentist’s office and at a fraction of the cost. The fact is many people require, and in many cases, would just prefer to receive sedation or general anesthesia for their dental care. Anesthesia services may benefit patients who may experience the following:

1. Fear, anxiety, or unease regarding dental treatment
2. Sensitive gag reflex
3. Low pain thresholds
4. Previous failed attempts at local anesthesia
5. Complex medical histories
6. Advanced age or cognitive impairment
7. Physical or mental impairments or handicaps
8. Young age – precooperative or require extensive work
9. Basic desire to be relaxed for dental treatment

If you are one of the tens of thousands of people who either desire or require anesthesia services Rocky Mountain Anesthesia Group is here to help provide you and your loved ones with a safe, comfortable and worry free experience. Whatever the reason may be, Rocky Mountain's friendly, professional and highly trained dentist anesthesiologists will provide you with the safe, affordable and effective care that you and your loved ones deserve.   

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Forms

Forms - English

1. Medical History
2. Pre-op Anesthesia Instructions
3. Post-op Anesthesia Instructions
4. Financial Agreement

Documents

Forms - Espanol

1. El Historial Medico
2. Instrucciones Pre-Anestesia
3. Instrucciones Post-Anestesia
4. Acuerdo Financiero


Documents

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the benefits of anesthesia?

1. Receiving dental treatment will be done in a relaxing and comfortable environment, as sensation, awareness, and recall are minimized if not eliminated.
2. Diminish/eliminate fear and anxiety for patients.
3. Patients (children, patients with special needs, phobic patients, etc) who are unable to cooperate for standard dental work are able to receive the care they need in a caring manner. 
4. Eliminate/minimize a hyperactive gag reflex, and allow patients with a low pain threshold or inability to get "numb" to tolerate dental care. 
5. Extensive or invasive dental work can be completed comfortably and expeditiously.
6. Patients save time and money compared to hospital setting.
7. Reduces stress of dental work for patient suffering from chronic illnesses such as cardiac disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, autism, etc. 
8. Safely performed in the the comfort and familiarity of the dental office, and the patient goes home after treatment, 

Why do I/my child need to have not eaten or had anything to drink prior to the procedure?

One of the most frequent side effects of anesthesia is nausea, especially if there are contents in the stomach. The stomach should be empty to minimize nausea and subsequently the risk of aspiration or inhaling food or liquid into the lungs during anesthesia.

How will I/my child feel after anesthesia?

You/your child will likely feel groggy or tired for a few hours after the procedure. In addition, memory and judgment may be impaired for the remainder of the day. All affects of anesthesia should be gone within 24 hours. Depending on the procedure you had completed, you may have varying amounts of discomfort from the procedure. 

Should I take my medications before my procedure?

Your anesthesiologist will discuss this with you as each patient and medical history is unique. However, it is okay to take your medications with a small sip of water in the morning if instructed to do so by your anesthesiologist.  

Is anesthesia safe?

For a generally healthy patient receiving a minimally invasive surgery such as dentistry, ear tubes, etc it is actually statistically more dangerous to drive to the office then it is to receiving anesthesia. We are just used to driving places and not used to receiving or having our loved ones receive anesthesia. Our team, thanks you in advance for trusting us with the care of you or loved ones and it is not a responsibility that we take lightly. 

What are the common side effects of anesthesia?

Side effects vary from person to person, the most common side effects include nausea and vomiting, sore throat, and just in overall sense of feeling different. Even these side effects are fairly infrequent and if they do occur are generally short lived and mild. 

Do you take insurance?

We accept medicaid and tried earlier this year to accept dental insurance. However, each private insurance company required we be credentialed at the specific office where treatment is provided. This simply became cost prohibitive. Thus, we do not accept private insurance. However, we can create either a medical or dental claim for you to send into your insurance carrier. 

Will private insurance help cover the cost of sedation/anesthesia?

This will depend on the plan and the yearly limit whether or not insurance will cover the cost of anesthesia. 

How much does sedation/anesthesia cost?

For all medicaid patients anesthesia is generally covered by your insurance.

For patients with private or no insurance, we have looked carefully at this cost and have tried to keep it as reasonable and fair as possible. We have two different price structure depending on if the patient is an adult or a pediatric patient.

Pediatric patient rate is 950 dollars for the first two hours. This is includes everything from the medications itself to being with your child prior to, during, and after the procedure. After two hours anesthesia is billed in 15 minutes increments at a rate of 150 dollars per 15 minutes. We specifically work with doctors who generally complete a pediatric case in less then two hours. Thus, it rare a case goes longer then two hours most cases are completed in 90 to 120 minutes.

Adult patient rate is 750 dollars for the first hour then billed 600 dollars per hour after that. This is billed in 15 minutes increments at a rate of 150 dollars. We do not round up to the nearest hour. Again, this includes all medications, time spent with you reviewing medical history, prior to, during, and after the case.

By way of comparison, hospital anesthesia services run at least 1500 dollars per hour and is often not covered by insurance for dental care.

Upon request, we will provide either a medical or dental claim for you to send into your insurance carrier.