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Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry services offered in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO

Going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking for some people, but that shouldn’t keep you from getting the dental care you need. For that reason, the board-certified dentists at Prestige Dental Centers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, offer sedation dentistry for patients prone to anxiety. To learn more about sedation dentistry, call the nearest location or use the online booking tool today. 

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry, also referred to as sleep dentistry, refers to the use of medication to keep patients who might fear the dentist calm and relaxed during dental procedures. 

The team at Prestige Dental Centers administers certain sedatives before or during treatment. This service benefits not only the patient but also the dentist. It allows them to focus more on providing proper and effective care. 

Sedation dentistry is available for all dental procedures, from routine cleanings to oral surgery.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is an excellent option if you suffer from dental anxiety or would like to be more relaxed during dental treatment.

Ask your dentist about sedation dentistry when you schedule a visit to Prestige Dental Centers. They can give you a more thorough assessment to determine if you’re an appropriate candidate by evaluating your:

  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Emotional state during your office visit
  • Level of comfort in the dental chair
  • Pain tolerance
  • Gag reflex

Your dentist also considers the amount of dental work you need. In some cases, they might need a note from your primary care physician to clear you for sedation dentistry.

What are the levels of sedation dentistry?

Your degree of anxiety and the procedure you’re undergoing determine the level of sedation your provider uses. They may use minimal sedation, during which you’re awake but relaxed, and moderate sedation, which may cause you to slur your words and forget much of the procedure. 

You can also receive deep sedation, where you’re somewhat unconscious but can be awakened, and general anesthesia, where you’re completely unconscious. 

What are my sedation delivery options?

Prestige Dental Centers offers several options to receive sedation, including:

Nitrous oxide sedation

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is an odorless gas that temporarily relaxes you and alleviates anxiety. It’s administered through a mask placed over your nose. Laughing gas is commonly used with children but is available for adults, as well.

Oral conscious sedation

Oral conscious sedation is a sedative pill that you take orally about 30 minutes before your appointment. Depending on your level of anxiety, you can take 1-2 pills to keep you relaxed throughout your entire treatment. 

IV sedation

Your provider may recommend intravenous (IV) sedation if you’re undergoing a lengthy or complex procedure. 

It’s important to note that sedation medications last for a little while after your procedure. Because of this, Prestige Dental Centers recommends that you have somebody drive you home from your appointment.

To learn more about how sedation dentistry can help ease your dental anxiety, call the Prestige Dental Centers office nearest you or book a visit online today.