Did you know dental anxiety affects between 9% and 20% of Americans? If you are part of this statistic, you may have dental problems that you’re afraid to address. Fortunately, Drs. Stephen Davis, Matt VanOrman, Bill Bertsch and Edward Koditek offer safe and convenient sedation dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO, to help you comfortably receive the dental services you need. If you’ve never received sedation before a dental procedure, you may be wondering if it’s safe. To put your mind at ease, here’s what you should know about the sedation options offered by Cheyenne Mountain Dental.
Local anesthetic is the most common type of sedation dentistry. It’s a numbing agent that’s delivered directly to the treatment site via a syringe. Once the treatment area is fully numb, the dentist can begin treating you without causing discomfort.
Nitrous oxide is a safe gas that causes euphoric feelings. It’s administered through a mask that fits loosely over the nose and doesn’t inhibit normal breathing. As you inhale the gas, you will begin to feel at-ease and calm. You’ll still be awake and will be able to respond to directions from your dentist. As soon as you stop breathing the gas, the effects quickly wear off.
Oral sedation is a great option for patients with moderate to severe dental anxiety. It’s taken as a pill approximately one hour before treatment and will cause you to feel relaxed and sleepy. You probably won’t remember much about the procedure once the effects of oral sedation wear off.
IV sedation is generally reserved for complicated procedures or for those with severe anxiety or special needs. It’s the strongest form of sedation offered by Cheyenne Mountain Dental and will put you into a deep state of semi-consciousness that you may not remember after you fully wake.
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All the sedation options offered at Cheyenne Mountain Dental have been safely used for many years. Our practice has acquired the certification needed to administer sedation. To schedule your appointment, contact our practice today.