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Sedation Dentistry -- Aurora, CO

Enjoy Your Time at the Dentist!

Besides brushing and flossing at home, your smile relies on routine care from your dentist to stay healthy. Unfortunately, scheduling appointments is not easy for you because you have dental-related fears and phobias. You are not alone. In fact, as much as 20% of Americans avoid seeing their dentist because they are fearful. There is no need to worry. We can help you sit back and relax with sedation dentistry in Aurora.

How Can Sedation Dentistry Help Me?

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Sedation dentistry is a popular option for those who have dental-related fears and phobias. While it is routinely used to help those in this situation, it can also benefit people who have unique circumstances when visiting the dentist, such as:

Types of Sedation

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Sedation dentistry is often called “sleep dentistry,” which causes there to be some confusion about the practice. Contrary to what you may have heard, you are not asleep during your treatment. You remain conscious, but you will not feel any pain or discomfort.

After an initial consultation, we determine which type of sedation best meets your needs. We offer two forms:

Nitrous Oxide

More commonly called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that has held a commonplace in dentistry for decades. You inhale the sedative through a mask placed over your nose, which also allows us to control the amount administered to cater it to your personal needs. You quickly feel the effects of the sedative take hold as you reach a high level of relaxation. You will not feel any pain or fear, so we can quickly perform the necessary treatments. After your procedure is complete, we turn off the gas and its effects wear off quickly. You can resume your normal activities without any lingering side effects.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation (enteral sedation) is a prescribed sedative taken before your appointment. It commonly comes in liquid or pill form. It can be used alone or in combination with nitrous oxide. The sedative makes you feel completely at ease as it takes effect. You will be comfortable and relaxed to the point you may even fall asleep; however, you can be awakened easily.

It can take several hours for the effects of the sedative to dissipate, so you will need a friend or loved one to drive you home. It is best to spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Enjoy Your Dental Appointment

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If your fear of your dentist in Aurora is preventing you from scheduling an appointment, you can conquer your anxieties with sedation dentistry. We are trained and qualified to safely and effectively administer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

If you need a little extra help relaxing during your visit, we are here to help. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

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If you’ve been wondering how to get over dental phobia in Aurora, you know by now to look no further than sedation dentistry. Both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation can put you in a relaxed enough state of mind to allow you to receive the dental treatment you need. However, you probably still have some questions, especially if you have been dealing with dental phobia for a long time. Don’t worry; we have gathered some of the sedation questions that we get asked the most often and answered them down below. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, don’t hesitate to contact your sedation dentist in Aurora and ask!

Are There Any Side Effects?

The most common side effects for both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation include grogginess and amnesia surrounding the events of the procedure. There are a few other, less common side effects, including nausea and vomiting, dry mouth, and temporarily blurry vision. However, these side effects are quite rare, and as such you shouldn’t have to worry about them. If you do experience any of these side effects during your procedure, your dentist in Aurora will treat them accordingly.  

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

This all depends on your individual insurance plan, so it’s difficult to estimate your coverage. You can contact your insurance company to find out your benefits. In addition, our team will work with you to maximize your benefits and minimize your out-of-pocket costs so that you don’t have to pay a cent more than what is absolutely necessary for you to receive treatment.

Is Sedation Safe for Children?

Absolutely! In fact, many children can benefit from it, especially those with special needs or those who have trouble sitting still for extended periods of time. The possible side effects of sedation are similar for children and adults, but rest assured that we will keep a close eye on your child during their procedure to make sure nothing bad happens.

Do I Have to Take Off Work or School?

This depends on the type of sedation you’re receiving. If you’re undergoing nitrous oxide sedation, you can easily resume your day about half an hour after you stop breathing in the gas, since the effects wear off quickly. However, for oral conscious sedation, you’re going to want to spend the rest of the day at home relaxing, since the effects will often last for twelve hours or even longer. In addition to needing a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from our office, you’ll want to take the rest of the day off from work or school.