Relax Throughout Your Treatment with Sedation Dentistry


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If you struggle with dental anxiety, you may have put off visits to the dentist for years. At Colorado Premier Dental, we want to eliminate your fears so you can receive the care you need and want. That is why we offer all forms of sedation upon request. With sedation dentistry, you can receive general, restorative, or cosmetic treatment during a stress-free appointment. We offer nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation. Dr. Brian J. Polidori will help you choose the right sedation dentistry option for your needs. Contact our Lakewood practice today to learn more about our sedation options and how they can benefit you.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is designed to help patients who suffer from anxiety, as well as those preparing for a lengthy treatment. Dental anxiety is a common condition that affects patients of all ages. If you have dental anxiety, you may have trouble sleeping the night before an office visit. You may also exhibit physical symptoms, such as an elevated heart rate. In severe cases of dental phobia, you may have delayed dental visits for years, increasing your risk for decay and tooth loss. Dental anxiety and dental phobia stem from a number of factors including past experiences, claustrophobia, and embarrassment. Even if you do not normally struggle with dental anxiety, you may feel a bit nervous before an extensive procedure, such as implant placement. Various sedation options can reduce anxiety to keep you calm and relaxed during your treatment.

Types of Sedation

At Colorado Premier Dental, we offer three forms of safe, effective sedation. These options include:

  • Oral sedation: You will take prescription anxiety medication at home before your appointment. Depending on the dosage, it may induce light or moderate sedation. In either case, you will remain awake and able to respond to instructions. However, when the medication leaves your system, you remember little, if anything, about your treatment.
  • Nitrous oxide: More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide will induce deep relaxation and mild euphoria. Dr. Polidori will administer this odorless gas through a mask over your nose. It will take effect and leave your system very quickly.
  • IV sedation: In special cases, we can provide IV sedation. Because this is a much stronger form of sedation, we typically reserve it for extreme cases of dental phobia. For your safety, we will bring in an anesthesiologist to administer treatment.

At your consultation, Dr. Polidori will explain more about each option. Then will help you select the right type of sedation for your procedure, anxiety level, budget, and health.

Benefits of Dental Sedation

Sedation dentistry will not only reduce your anxiety, it could help to protect your oral health for life. If you have significant anxiety, you may have neglected routine care. If your dental health continues to go unattended, you could suffer decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and bone recession. These conditions will cause significant discomfort, and you will need extensive and often pricey restorative treatment.

Experience Gentle, Stress-free Care

Dr. Polidori and his team want to help you conquer your dental phobia before it compromises the health of your smile. Contact Colorado Premier Dental to learn more about our compassionate treatment and sedation options.