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The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

To help patients feel at ease during dental procedures, sedation dentistry employs medication. Nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas), oral conscious sedation, and intravenous (IV) sedation are among the medications included in this category. Additionally, some deeper levels of sedation can cause the patient to enter a state of deep sleep, which can be advantageous during lengthy surgical procedures.

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What Can I Expect During Sedation?

Our doctors knows that some patients are so anxious about dental work, they won’t get the care they need to protect their oral health. He wants to make sure that every patient who needs care can receive it. For that reason, he offers sedation dentistry.

Our team will give you a sedative before starting the procedure and will address any queries you may have. After you are prepared, the dentist will administer the sedative and carry out the dental work. The sedative will make you feel sleepy, but you will remain responsive to the dentist’s instructions and inquiries.

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With sedation dentistry, our team can provide dental work to those who would otherwise forgo it. In this way, they can receive the dental care they need to preserve their oral health.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas," is a mild form of sedation used to help patients, including children, relax during dental procedures.

IV Sedation

This form of sedation is typically used for more complex or lengthy dental procedures or for patients with severe dental anxiety.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Provided that an experienced dentist administers it, sedation dentistry is safe. However, not everyone may be suitable for it, and certain precautions need to be taken. Sedation dentistry employs medications to help patients unwind during dental procedures.

While these medications are safe, they do carry some risks. Certain patients who are on medication may not be eligible for sedation during their dental procedure. To prevent any complications, patients should discuss their medical history with their dentist before undergoing sedation.

Ditch the Fear: Sedation Dentistry is Here to Help

Tired of being scared to go to the dentist? Sedation dentistry is here to help. Learn how it can help you feel relaxed and comfortable during your dental visits.

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

The prospect of visiting the dentist can be anxiety-inducing for a lot of individuals. Those who suffer from dental phobia may choose to completely forego dental check-ups, which can result in a range of issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

Luckily, sedation dentistry is an option that can provide relief. With sedation dentistry, you can receive the necessary treatment without feeling any pain or discomfort. You can unwind during your appointment and the environment of your dentist’s office won’t cause any disturbance.

Sedation Dentistry FAQs

Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication to help patients feel relaxed and comfortable during dental procedures. At Baptist Road Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, we offer various sedation options, including oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and IV sedation. These methods are carefully administered by our experienced dental team to ensure your safety and peace of mind throughout your dental visit.

Sedation dentistry is suitable for patients who experience dental anxiety, fear, or have a low pain threshold. It is also beneficial for individuals with a strong gag reflex, those who require extensive dental work, or have difficulty sitting still for long periods. Our sedation dentistry options provide a calm and relaxing experience, enabling even the most anxious patients to receive the dental care they need.

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe when administered by trained professionals like our team at Baptist Road Dental. We carefully evaluate your medical history and discuss any concerns or allergies you may have before recommending a suitable sedation option. Throughout the procedure, our skilled staff monitors your vital signs to ensure your safety and well-being.

The level of consciousness during a dental procedure depends on the type of sedation used. With oral sedation or nitrous oxide, you will remain conscious and responsive but feel deeply relaxed. IV sedation can range from a moderate sedation level where you may feel drowsy and have limited memory of the procedure, to a deep sedation where you may fall asleep but can be easily awakened.

The duration of the sedation effect varies depending on the type of sedation used and the individual patient. Oral sedation and nitrous oxide wear off relatively quickly after the procedure, allowing you to resume normal activities soon after. IV sedation may have a longer-lasting effect, requiring some recovery time before you can drive or operate machinery. Our dental team will provide specific instructions regarding post-sedation care and guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery.

Yes, sedation dentistry can be beneficial for children who experience dental anxiety or have difficulty sitting still for dental treatments. We offer safe and effective sedation options specifically designed for pediatric patients. Our caring and gentle approach, combined with sedation, helps children feel relaxed and at ease during their dental visits, fostering positive experiences and promoting proper oral health care habits from a young age.

While sedation dentistry is generally safe, some patients may experience temporary side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, or nausea. These effects usually subside shortly after the procedure. Our dental team will discuss the potential side effects and provide you with detailed post-treatment instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

Coverage for sedation dentistry varies depending on your dental insurance plan. Some plans may partially or fully cover sedation for specific dental procedures, especially if it is deemed medically necessary. Our knowledgeable team at Baptist Road Dental can help you understand your insurance coverage and explore alternative financing options to make sedation dentistry more accessible for you.

Our dental team will provide you with detailed pre-sedation instructions tailored to the specific sedation method you will receive. In general, it may involve avoiding food and drink for a certain period before the procedure and arranging transportation to and from the dental office. It’s crucial to follow these instructions carefully to ensure a safe and effective sedation experience.

In most cases, local anesthesia (numbing medication) is used in conjunction with sedation dentistry to ensure your comfort during the dental procedure. While sedation helps you relax and feel at ease, local anesthesia is administered to prevent any pain or discomfort. Our skilled dentists will determine the appropriate level of anesthesia based on your specific needs and the complexity of the procedure, ensuring a pain-free and comfortable experience.

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Dr. Scott R. Hill

Dr. Scott Hill completed his bachelor’s degree at Utah State University and then received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2014. After serving as an associate dentist in Ohio, he then selected Colorado Springs as the right location to settle his family.

Dr. Bridgette Young

Dr. Bridgette Young completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from Roseman University of Health Science, College of Dental Medicine in 2023. Prior to her doctorate, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

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