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. The process is simple; once you’re seated in the treatment chair, a breathing mask is applied to your mouth and nose. After a few minutes of breathing in the nitrous oxide, you'll feel content and at ease. Better yet, these results also wear off quickly once the treatment is complete, which means that patients can return to their regular routines and even drive themselves without extensive downtime.
If you’re in need of a stronger sedative, our team can provide a prescription for medication that you’ll take prior to the appointment (usually about an hour beforehand). It will begin to take effect once you arrive for your appointment, and once it takes hold, you should feel deeply relaxed and you might not remember much about the appointment, as if it were a dream. However, you’ll still need to make sure there’s someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
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. The sedative will be injected into your bloodstream, and we can adjust the levels as needed throughout your appointment. However, 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!
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: