If you have put off important dental treatment because you’re afraid of going to the dentist, you are not alone. Thousands of Americans have dental anxiety, which prevents them from staying in good oral health. Whether you had a bad experience in the past, or you are simply nervous about dental work in general (e.g. you have a sensitive gag reflex), Littleton dentists at Colorado Dental Arts can help with sedation dentistry.
Your Comfort is Our Priority
Sedation dentistry is designed to help you fully relax in the dental chair. You will be aware and responsive throughout your appointment, but you will not experience any stress or anxiety, and you will most likely not remember any details about your procedure.
If you have never enjoyed a calm, stress-free dental visit, our team is eager to change the way you think about dentistry. Sedation dentistry is just one of the ways we can enhance your comfort level while you’re here.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
Our family dentists offer two types of sedation at our practice:
- Nitrous oxide – Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide sedates you and makes you ambivalent to any discomfort. Patients often experience an altered sense of time. Some people will feel very comfortable under nitrous oxide, but others may need a stronger sedative. In these cases, we offer oral sedation.
- Oral sedation – With oral sedation, you will take medication prior to your appointment. During treatment, you will be conscious and aware, but so relaxed that you are not concerned about your surroundings. You will not remember details about your procedure.
For some patients, sedation dentistry will not be necessary. After getting to know you, thoroughly explaining each procedure, and openly discussing your needs and concerns, we find that many of our new patients already relax to the point where they can overcome their anxiety. However, if you are still uncomfortable after your initial consultation, we would be happy to help you find relief through sedation dentistry.
If you live in or around Southwest Denver and are ready to experience stress-free dentistry, please contact Colorado Dental Arts today to schedule a consultation.