If you struggle with dental anxiety or low pain tolerance, you may be tempted to put off visits to the dentist.
Brian J. Polidori can help you overcome these obstacles, relax during treatment, and take care of your oral health with sedation dentistry.
Learn more about sedation at our Lakewood, CO, dental practice and how it can benefit you...
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is simply medication we use to help patients relax during dental treatment. Our Lakewood practice offers different levels of sedation in the forms of nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedatives, and IV sedatives to help patients overcome their aversion to the dentist's office.
Reasons to Consider Sedation
Dental phobia can stem from a number of factors, including unpleasant past experiences, claustrophobia, and embarrassment. Sedatives can alleviate the anxiety you feel before, during, and after your dental procedure.
Sedation not only relaxes the mind but the body's natural movements and reactions. Patients who struggle with keeping still in the dentist's chair will be able to sit calmly even throughout lengthy or complex dental work.
A primary concern among patients is the pain associated with dental procedures, especially if you have a low pain threshold or highly sensitive teeth. Sedation reduces your sensory awareness, minimizing the discomfort of treatment.
Some patients have an overactive gag reflex, making dental work extremely uncomfortable. Sedation will calm your body's natural gag response, allowing you to receive treatment without unpleasant sputtering or choking.
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Types of Sedation
Dr. Polidori offers three forms of safe, effective sedatives for our patients in the greater Lakewood, and Denver areas...
Oral conscious sedation involves taking a prescription anti-anxiety drug in the form of a pill before you undergo treatment. Depending on the dosage, oral sedatives can induce a light or moderate level of relaxation. In both cases, patients will remain awake and able to respond to questions and instructions. Oral sedation can take a few hours to wear off, but carries little risk for side effects.
More commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is an odorless gas administered through a mask over your nose. When inhaled, nitrous oxide induces a feeling of deep relaxation and mild euphoria. The amount of gas you receive is carefully controlled during your procedure and wears off quickly once the mask is taken off.
In special cases, we can provide our dental patients with IV sedation, administered through a needle intravenously. For your safety, we will bring in a licensed anesthesiologist to assist with treatment. Because this is a much stronger form of sedation, we typically reserve it for extreme cases of dental phobia.
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These guys did an amazing job! I suffer from anxiety and I have never had such a positive and relaxing experience. Great job, great staff! I'd give 6 points if I could. 12 hours later and I'm still comfortable after two teeth extracted and a bone graft.View on Google
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