Insurance providers typically categorize dental procedures as preventive, basic or major. Knowing which division your next procedure falls under will give you a better understanding of what to expect and how to prepare.

Diagnostic dental services such as examinations, cleanings, x-rays and fluoride treatments are considered to be preventive as they can be used to diagnose a problem in its early stage when treatment is simple and most likely to prove successful. There is no particular preparatory plan that is required before any of these proceedings but as a matter of common courtesy patients should always rsvp to the reminder notice from the dentist’s office and try their best to arrive for the appointment with plenty of time to spare.

Basic dental services include straightforward treatments such as root canal therapy, routine extractions and fillings. Some procedures take more time than others so patients should plan ahead and set aside ample time for their scheduled dental appointment.

Dental procedures that call for some kind of oral sedation or extensive laboratory work are among those listed under major services. Implants, bridgework and oral surgery all apply. Depending on the type of sedation used for a particular procedure the patient may need to make arrangements for another person to be in charge of transportation to and from the appointment. There also may be dietary restrictions to follow.

The best way to make sure you are ready for your dental procedure is to talk to your dentist beforehand to get a clear picture of what will happen step by step throughout and following the procedure. Get answers to questions about pain prevention, relaxation methods and any after effects that you can expect.

Sedation dentistry has made it possible for dentists to perform more than one procedure in a single appointment. If time is an issue for you consult with Dr.Conway of Spokane Valley Dentistry about the possibility of combining treatments. Your comfort and convenience is of utmost importance to the entire staff at Spokane Valley. Call today @ 509-926-6261.