If you’re feeling a little anxious about an upcoming dental visit, you aren’t alone; it’s estimated that thousands of Americans avoid going to the dentist to receive the care they need simply due to nerves! But thanks to sedation dentistry in Colorado Springs, you have absolutely nothing to be afraid of. Our team can utilize various sedation techniques to ensure that you’re physically and mentally at ease from the very moment you sit down. Read on to learn a little more about our available options or feel free to give us a call for more information or to schedule a visit.
For patients who feel nervous about the prospect of dental work, nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) is a relaxing aid that can help make even lengthy procedures very smooth. One of the biggest perks of this calming solution is that the effects set in and dissipate quickly, making it ideal even if you’re coming in for essential periodontal care on your lunch break! To learn more about nitrous oxide sedation – including who is a good candidate – read on.
Patients who struggle with the following are often candidates for nitrous oxide:
Of course, we’ll need to meet with you in order to determine if you’re a good candidate as well. After all, there are some patients who we’ll need to find an alternative for, including expecting mothers and patients who have a condition that makes it difficult to breathe through their nose.
Fortunately, the process of administering nitrous oxide is quite simple. Once you’re seated in the treatment chair comfortably, a breathing mask is positioned in place. Then, we will switch on the nitrous oxide and ask you to breathe the odorless, colorless gas through your nose. After a few minutes of breathing in the nitrous oxide, you'll feel content and at ease – not an ounce of anxiety or stress. You’ll still be able to talk with our team and respond to the verbal cues we give you since you won’t be asleep either. In fact, we can even adjust the flow of nitrous oxide throughout your procedure as needed!
As we touched on in the first section, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. That means that patients can return to their regular routines and even drive themselves without extensive downtime! Of course, you’re more than welcome to give us a call if you have any questions following your appointment, and we will give you detailed aftercare instructions to ensure you heal properly.
Oral conscious sedation involves the administration of prescribed oral medication by our dental team. Patients are instructed to take the medication at a specified time before the initial appointment, inducing a deep state of relaxation while maintaining consciousness. If you’re choosing oral conscious sedation, be sure to arrange for transportation to and from our office. To find out if this method is right for you, continue reading!
This method involves taking a small pill before your appointment. Unlike nitrous oxide, which might leave you feeling light and tingly, or IV sedation, which can put you completely to sleep, this option strikes a perfect balance. About an hour before your visit, taking the pill will gradually induce relaxation and you’ll notice these effects just as you’re settling into the dental chair.
Before starting your treatment, we’ll ensure you’re completely relaxed and comfortable. While oral conscious sedation doesn't induce sleep, it's common for patients to become so calm that they may drift off. But don’t worry – a gentle tap on the shoulder can easily rouse you.
Once the effects kick in, you'll experience deep relaxation. For some patients, the dental treatment may become a blur in memory. Nevertheless, you'll stay conscious throughout and be able to respond to our team's questions and instructions. We'll closely monitor you throughout the entire procedure to ensure your comfort and safety. Unlike nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas), the effects of oral conscious sedation are long-lasting, meaning you’ll need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
Oral conscious sedation is an incredibly popular option with some wonderful advantages. You may benefit from this approach if you:
If your dental phobia is severe, or if you would have trouble sitting still for a lengthy procedure, we can talk to you about using IV sedation during your visit. Since it’s administered directly into the bloodstream, it’s both fast-acting and effective. At the end of your appointment, you will need to have a trusted friend or family member drive you home since the effects won’t dissipate instantly. As always, we will review all of the necessary information during your first appointment. However, you’re also welcome to learn more right here!
IV sedation is a powerful, but safe form of sedation that’s administered intravenously. After settling into the treatment chair, we will carefully place a small needle into the vein on the top of your hand or at the bend on your elbow. Shortly after, you’ll enter a deep state of relaxation. In fact, many patients have no recollection of their time in the treatment chair, even though they are conscious and can respond to verbal commands and questions.
Note: if you’re scared of needles, then we can apply a small amount of topical anesthetic beforehand to make the experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible.
IV sedation is popular among patients who struggle with severe dental-related anxiety, have neuromuscular issues that make it difficult to keep their mouth open for extended periods of time, have TMJ dysfunctions, or have sensitive gag reflexes. To determine if you’re a good candidate, we will review your medical history, take note of any allergies you have, discuss your anxiety levels, and review any medications you’re taking. With all of this information, we will be able to determine if you are a good candidate for IV sedation.
There are several benefits of IV sedation! To begin, the sedative will be injected into your bloodstream, and we can adjust the levels as needed throughout your appointment. Although you’ll be extremely relaxed, you will not be unconscious; in fact, you’ll be perfectly capable of answering questions and following simple instructions. We will also keep a close eye on your vital signs all throughout your treatment in the interest of your safety and comfort. Of course, one of the most noteworthy benefits is that IV sedation can help patients who struggle with even the most severe anxiety get the dental care they need without the stress.
The best way to determine if sedation dentistry in Colorado Springs is right for you is by coming in for a consultation so that we can review your medical history, discuss your smile goals, and determine the best course of action. That said, you’re likely a good candidate for sedation dentistry if: