Sedation dentistry is used to calm anxious patients, to help quell dental phobia, and to provide comfort and relaxation during longer procedures. The type of sedation used for your procedure will be dependent on a variety of factors including your anticipated level of discomfort and your personal preferences. Before suggesting a specific method of sedation dentistry, one of our dentists will carefully listen to your concerns, assess your medical records, and guide you toward the most effective option for your needs.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is one of the most common types of dental sedation. Nitrous oxide is ideal for patients struggling with mild to moderate discomfort and can be advantageous because it does not require assistance to get home from your appointment. The effects of nitrous oxide rapidly wear off when the supply is cut off, though while it is being administered, a light euphoria can be expected.
Nitrous oxide is both an analgesic (pain reliever) and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety medication) that has few risks when administered properly by trained dental professionals. Dizziness is the most common side effect, though it should resolve shortly after the gas is shut off.
Nitrous oxide is a wonderful solution for some patients, but those who struggle with severe anxiety or dental phobia may need something more powerful. In these cases, some dentists turn to oral medications for “conscious oral sedation.” However, as with nitrous oxide, the patient is still awake and aware during procedures using oral sedation. At DeWitt Dental Associates, we address severe dental phobia and anxiety with IV sedation.
Intravenous (IV) sedation is also known as “sleep dentistry” or “twilight dentistry.” With this option, medication is administered intravenously to produce a deep state of calm. It is unlikely that you will have any recollection of your procedure if you choose IV sedation due to the level of unconsciousness it produces. These effects can last for some time after your procedure making it important that you arrange a ride to and from our office if twilight dentistry will be performed.
DeWitt Dental Associates is state-licensed to administer IV sedation. Our highly trained and experienced medical professionals monitor patient vitals at all times during sleep dentistry procedures and take every care to ensure optimal safety and comfort. While IV sedation is deeper and more involved than nitrous oxide or conscious oral sedation, it has a long history of safety and efficacy. We can discuss this in greater detail along with your candidacy for IV sedation during your next visit to our office.
Is Sedation Right for You?
Sedation dentistry is a good solution for anxious patients. It can help address dental phobia and is very useful for those who avoid the dentist out of fear. Some types of dental sedation are also good solutions for:
- Sensitive teeth
- An overactive gag-reflex
The best way to learn if sedation dentistry is right for you is through a one-on-one consultation with one of our experienced Denver sedation dentists.
If you believe sedation could help you feel more comfortable during your appointment, please call DeWitt Dental Associates at 303-321-5656 to schedule a consultation at our Cherry Creek office. Our compassionate and experienced dentists strive to provide a safe, comfortable and inviting experience for patients living throughout Metro Denver and in surrounding suburbs and communities.