Does the idea of feeling comfortable and at ease during your dental visit sound farfetched to you? Dr. Luke and Dr. Kingsberg want Riviera Family Dentistry to be a dental office where anyone can walk in feeling relaxed and confident about the treatment they’re about to receive. We have three different kinds of dental sedation available, with general anesthesia being offered in certain circumstances. Talk to us today to learn how to put your dental fears to rest with sedation dentistry in Denver, CO.
Undergoing dental treatments can sometimes seem stressful and daunting, and you might wonder if there is a simple way to feel at ease while getting the care you need. Fortunately, our team has the solution you’re looking for with oral conscious sedation. After reviewing your medical/dental history and the dental procedure you’re receiving, we can prescribe you a pill that you’ll take at home at a specific time before coming in for your appointment. By the time you’re sitting in the dentist’s chair, you’ll likely already feel incredibly relaxed and stress-free about your treatment!
For oral conscious sedation, our team will consider a range of medications to prescribe to you. Some of the most common options involve Ativan, Valium, and Halcion. Whichever one you receive; you’ll be instructed to take the pill sometime before coming to our office for your appointment. In many cases, you should begin to feel the calming effects after around 15 minutes.
Oral conscious sedation is a very popular option for many patients, as it doesn’t require you to wear a nasal mask during your visit, such as nitrous oxide. Furthermore, you won’t have to worry about any needles or injections to help you remain calm while undergoing extensive treatments.
As the name implies, you won’t technically go to sleep when undergoing dental procedures with oral conscious sedation. Instead, the effects of the pill will allow you to be in a profound state of calmness and relaxation. In some cases, patients claim that they felt as if they had fallen asleep. However, a gentle shake will allow you to easily wake back up. This will allow you to respond to simple questions and commands during your visit as well as allow your dentist to work uninterrupted.
Once you’ve taken your oral conscious sedation pill, the effects will likely go on for several hours. This means that you’ll need to arrange for a loved one or trusted friend to take you to and from our office. Also, you’ll want to get plenty of rest and avoid participating in strenuous activity.
In most cases, patients may be eligible for oral conscious sedation if they:
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is arguably the most famous form of dental sedation. You just need to breathe in the gas through a special mask, and you’ll soon enter a light-headed, euphoric state. We recommend it for anyone with mild anxiety, sensitive teeth, or a touchy gag reflex. Since it wears off more quickly than other forms of sedation, you won’t have to arrange for someone else to take you home; after a few minutes, you’ll be able to continue the rest of your day as normal.
Have dental fear and anxiety made it difficult or nearly impossible for you to go through with the dental treatment you need? Do you just need a little something to “take the edge off” when getting dental work done? In either case, nitrous oxide in Denver can be a great option for you. It allows you to feel totally relaxed and at-ease while we do what we need to make your smile healthy.
That being said, anxious patients are far from the only ones who can benefit from nitrous oxide. It can also help patients who have:
While nitrous oxide is incredibly safe, it may not be right for patients with certain medical conditions. These include pregnancy, respiratory disease, and sinus congestion. Some medications may also have negative interactions with the sedative. Before your procedure, we’ll review your medical history and your current medications to determine whether you’re a good candidate for nitrous oxide.
We administer nitrous oxide through a small mask or cannula that we place over your nose. You’ll inhale this clear, odorless gas and begin to feel calmer within minutes. You might even feel euphoric to the point where you get the giggles – that’s where the nickname “laughing gas” comes from!
The effects of nitrous oxide don’t take long at all to kick in. Once you’re fully comfortable, we can begin your treatment. Our team will closely monitor your vitals at all times so that we can adjust the dosage of the sedative at any moment if need be. Once your sedation dentist in Denver has completed your procedure, we’ll take away the mask or cannula and have you start breathing in regular air again. The warm, relaxed feelings should fade just as quickly as they appeared. This makes nitrous oxide an ideal solution for busy patients who need to get back to work or school after their appointment or who simply wish to drive themselves to and from our office.
We’ll keep an eye on you for a few minutes after your procedure to ensure that you’re feeling alright. It’s extremely rare for nitrous oxide to have any lingering side effects in eligible patients, but it never hurts to make sure. If applicable, we’ll provide aftercare instructions for your treatment during this time.
In most cases with nitrous oxide, you’ll be able to resume your day as you normally would following your appointment. While most other sedatives we offer leave patients feeling groggy for several hours afterward, nitrous oxide is perfect for relieving mild anxiety without forcing you to sacrifice an entire day.
Some procedures might call for general anesthesia. While the above sedation methods are only meant to relax you, general anesthesia puts you to sleep for the duration of your treatment. We work with a local anesthesiologist who will carefully monitor you throughout the treatment to make sure that you stay safe at all times. General anesthesia is not like regular sleep; you do not dream, and you will only wake up once your care has been completed.