The purpose of sedation dentistry is to help you feel calm and comfortable during your dental visit. These safe techniques and sedatives can be used alongside most dental services, from routine cleanings to more involved procedures.
Dentistry services that can be performed with sedation include:
- Root canals
- Tooth extractions
- Dental implants
- Crowns and bridges
- Smile makeovers
- Emergency dentistry
- Periodontal treatment
- Routine cleanings
- Children’s visits
This is not a complete list of the treatments eligible for sedation. If you’re planning to undergo a specific procedure or treatment and want to know if sedation is an option, please ask our dentists.
For some procedures, our dentists will recommend sedation to ensure that you are comfortable. For other services, you have the option to request sedation.
Dental Sedation Options For Everyone
At Meadows Dental Group, we offer three safe and effective forms of sedation to meet your needs. These trusted methods include nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is delivered through a comfortable nosepiece. Its gentle effects wear off in a matter of minutes. Oral sedation involves taking a calming pill before your dental visit. Lastly, the most powerful option, IV sedation, is delivered intravenously.
The right sedation technique for you can vary depending on the treatment. For example, our dentists may use a mild sedative like nitrous oxide during a routine cleaning. Meanwhile, they may rely on a more deeply restful approach like IV sedation during wisdom teeth removal.
When to Consider Sedation Dentistry
Dental sedation is an invaluable tool for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. By helping you feel calm and relaxed, sedation dentistry allows you to stay on top of your routine visits. After all, getting the dental care that you need is crucial to maintaining good oral health.
You may also benefit from dental sedation if you:
- Have trouble getting numb
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have sensitive teeth or gums
- Have trouble sitting still
If you are undergoing multiple procedures or treatments during one visit, our dentists will likely suggest sedation. You will probably be in the chair for a bit longer than normal. Sedation will help you stay comfortable and calm during a more involved visit.
Our two skilled sedation dentists, Dr. Joseph O’Leary and Dr. Scott Peppler, will monitor you during the procedure. Additionally, a nurse anesthetist with over 25 years of experience will also be present during IV sedation. Your comfort and safety are always our top priorities.
While sedation dentistry is a game changer for many patients, it’s not right for everyone. Our dentists will discuss health considerations that may rule you out as a sedation dentistry candidate. For example, IV sedation may not be right for you if you are pregnant.
Learn More About Sedation Dentistry in Centennial
Our compassionate team is here to ensure that you have a positive dental visit. We will work with you to accommodate and overcome any fears or sensitivities you may have.
To learn more about your sedation dentistry options, call 303-790-2323 to schedule a consultation. At Meadows Dental Group, we offer gentle dentistry services to patients from Lone Tree, Centennial, Highlands Ranch, and nearby areas of Colorado.