Nitrous Oxide vs IV Sedation Dentistry

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At DeWitt Dental Associates, we want you to feel comfortable and relaxed at our dental office. We have extensive experience treating patients with anxiety and dental phobia, and we offer sedation dentistry for patients who need help to relax during their dental care. IV sedation and nitrous oxide are the two main forms of sedation we offer, and we can help you decide which one will allow you to overcome your discomfort and anxiety during your dental appointment. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 303-566-4036.

IV Sedation Dentistry

Our dentist Dr. Michael DeWitt is qualified to provide IV sedation during your dental appointment. Our office is state-certified to provide mild to moderate IV sedation. At the moderate level, you will still be awake but in a deeply relaxed state. For certain procedures and certain patients, we can also provide deep IV sedation, which will be administered by a nurse anesthetist. In deep sedation, you will be in a sleep-like state.

Some of the advantages of IV sedation include:

  • In a deeply relaxed or sleep-like state during the procedure
  • Little to no memory of the procedure
  • Administered by qualified, experienced medical professional

IV sedation can provide a level of relaxation that few other methods can. If you deal with extreme anxiety, pain, discomfort and fear during dental procedures, then IV sedation may be right for you. The only way to know for sure is to visit us for a consultation.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide is a gas administered by our dentists through a breathing mask. This sedation is often called "laughing gas" because of the carefree feelings it can induce. Some of the advantages of nitrous oxide include:

  • Places you in a light state of relaxation
  • Effects wear off very rapidly once you remove the breathing mask
  • Effective for mild anxiety during dental appointments

Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and you breathe it in through your nose. As soon as our dentists remove the mask, the effects will begin to wear off rapidly. You can easily drive yourself home after your appointment and get right back to your day. If you are placed in deep sedation with an IV, we may require you to have someone to drive you home.

Nitrous oxide is beneficial for patients who have some anxiety in dental appointments, but it cannot reach the deeply relaxed states that the IV can provide. Both of these forms of sedation are effective and safely provided at our practice, and we will help you choose a sedation method that will fit your needs and concerns.

If you want to learn more about our Denver sedation dentistry services, please contact DeWitt Dental Associates to schedule a consultation. Our patients come from all over the metro area, including Englewood, Cherry Creek and the surrounding areas.