What is Sedation Dentistry?

Family & Cosmetic Dentist Serving Centennial, Highlands Ranch, & Lone Tree, Colorado

Posted: March 18, 2020

A young woman seated in the dental treatment chair smiles and looks relaxedNervousness and anxiety regarding dental work can prevent you from getting the care you need and deserve. When patients explain to us that they have difficulty sitting through their appointments comfortably, it may be for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Feelings of anxiety connected to the smells, sights or sounds at the dentist’s office
  • A sensitive or over-active gag reflex that makes these appointments uncomfortable
  • Teeth sensitivity makes some of the cleaning procedures uncomfortable
  • A dentist from your childhood or at another point in your life didn’t make the dentistry experience relaxed, enjoyable and efficient

You may have other sources of dental phobia or nervousness. No matter what it is, we want to hear about it and help you decide if sedation dentistry could help you complete these appointments. Your regular cleanings and exams are vital to keeping your teeth, gums and mouth healthy.

“Sedation” is a broad term referring to medications to relax you:

Laughing gas, the clever name for nitrous oxide and oxygen gas that you inhale as you breathe normally through a small mask that covers your nose. You’ll still be awake, although you may feel like dozing off. One of the nice things about this form of sedation is that the effect wears off rapidly once we remove the mask. You’ll be able to drive yourself home and go about your day normally, but you’ll feel calmer during the appointment.

Oral sedation, which involves taking a pill before the treatment or procedure. These safe medications place you in a semi-conscious state. Someone should drive you home afterward because you may feel a little hazy. You may want to take a nap before returning to your normal activities.

IV sedation is usually applicable for dental implant placement or other oral procedures. The intravenous medication will place you in a state that is like sleep, in which you aren’t aware of what is going on.

To learn more about our friendly, modern dental office in Centennial, Colorado, and to find out if sedation may be an option for getting needed dental work completed, call our experienced team at 303-741-2727. Dr. Scavuzzo and our staff know that some patients are not naturally comfortable with receiving these treatments, and we want to work with you to find a solution.

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