Do you feel anxious while going to the dentist even though you want to fix your teeth? You are not alone. You may have had painful experiences as a child or had heard horror stories. Maybe it is the fear of the unknown preventing you from having the healthy, flawless smile of your dreams. If being awake during a dental treatment worries you, at Grace & Leedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Lakewood, Colorado, we offer several sleep dentistry options, including oral drugs, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide.
What is Sleep Dentistry?
Sleep Dentistry is the process of conducting dental procedures while the patient is induced with sedative medicines. This allows minimal discomfort, giving you the necessary peace of mind to undergo your dental procedures.
Sedation techniques can bring patients under extreme calm, which can lead you to have no memory of any part of the procedure. They help relax your body’s nervous systems making you oblivious to pain receptors for a certain amount of time.
Who Can Benefit From Sleep Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry may be appropriate for patients who:
- Have extreme fear or anxiety
- Low pain threshold
- Have difficulty sitting still in the dental chair
- Suffer from a bad gag reflex
- Have very sensitive teeth
- Cannot tolerate needles in your mouth
- Have to undergo multiple procedures
Types of Sleep Dentistry
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, has been used for many years and is relatively safe. It is directed through a nose mask and acts immediately. With this sedation method, though conscious, you will remain fully relaxed. Once the nose mask is removed after treatment, the effects will decrease instantly. As a result, you will be able to drive back home after your dental appointment. You can also resume your everyday activities.
Oral Conscious Sedation
In this sedation technique, a pill has to be taken orally. We will give you specific instructions on how to take the medication, but it generally involves taking a drug about an hour before your treatment. You will often remain conscious during the procedure. However, you will have little to no memory of your treatment.
Additionally, you will have complete control over bodily functions and will even respond to our commands. Patients who undertake oral conscious sedation require transportation to and from the appointment. The sedative effects will take several hours to wear off.
IV sedation is another procedure that allows you to be awake during the process. However, due to its potency, you will probably not be able to recall certain things that may have occurred during the procedure. The effects come in quickly, and we often set the dosage to meet your needs.
To learn more about our sleep dentistry options, visit our office, Grace & Leedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, at 10881 W. Asbury Ave. Suite 210, Lakewood, CO 80227. You can also reach Dentist Lakewood CO at (303)989-0452.