The number one reason patients avoid the dentist is discomfort. Discomfort may be physical or emotional, or it could be a combination of the two stemming from unpleasant experiences in the past.
At Cherry Creek Dentistry, we are sensitive to the importance of making each patient comfortable and earning their trust. Our dentists make it a priority to treating you the way they would want themselves or a family member to be treated.
Dr. Olinga Hargreaves and Dr. John Hargreaves are an experienced husband and wife team of dentists who use state-of-the-art technology and the latest techniques to maximize your comfort during dental treatment. Contact Cherry Creek Dentistry at (303) 758-7676 to learn about our sedation dentistry options.
What Is Dental Sedation?
As the name suggests, sedation dentistry involves the use of a sedative to help patients keep calm before and during dental treatment.
To help alleviate anxiety and avoid delaying necessary dental treatment, our office is licensed to perform light to moderate conscious sedation so you can literally “sleep” through your treatment. Our dentists have completed advanced training. Dr. Olinga Hargreaves is licensed in IV sleep sedation. She pursued her training and achieved certification as part of a General Practice Residency at the elite University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In addition, at Cherry Creek Dentistry, our entire office is trained in CPR and both Doctors are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support. We renew these certifications every two years as a team to insure the ultimate safety for our patients. In addition, our practice undergoes a stringent inspection for both emergency equipment and protocols every five years with the State of Colorado Dental Board for providing IV Sedation. Our safety equipment includes ECG monitor, pulse ox, blood pressure cuff, capnographer to monitor carbon dioxide exhalation, oxygen, and AED. So you are in extremely safe hands!
Another sedation option at Cherry Creek Dentistry is oral sedation. During your consultation, our dentists will discuss if you are a good candidate for receiving oral sedation. If you get tense before receiving dental care or we expect anxiety may adversely impact the treatment, our dentists may prescribe an oral sedative for you to take the morning of your appointment. By the time you’re in the chair, you should feel relaxed and free from fear, enabling our team to get your treatment underway.
How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?
Complex dental procedures are often time-consuming. In order to achieve optimal outcomes, patients must remain still for the work to proceed smoothly and successfully. Oral sedation may be effective if the dentist requires patients to be relaxed but capable of comprehending basic instructions. Meanwhile, complex cases often yield the most benefits if the patients are in a deeper state of relaxation.
At Cherry Creek Dentistry, Dr. John and Dr. Olinga Hargreaves combine their skills and training to offer a unique approach to sedation for patients undergoing complex dental procedures.
In complex cases such as oral surgery or full mouth rehabilitation, Dr. John Hargreaves will generally perform your procedure. Before he begins, Dr. Olinga Hargreaves will provide IV sedation. The sedative will be administered intravenously and takes effect within minutes.
The level of sedation is adjustable throughout the procedure. You may feel tired or fall asleep while our dentists work, and you’ll likely have little to no memory of the procedure itself.
Throughout the treatment, our dentists will closely monitor your vital signs to ensure that you are tolerating the anesthesia well and the procedure is going smoothly. Most patients are able to handle IV sedation safely, and Dr. Olinga’s advanced experience with treating medically compromised patients means that we can develop a suitable treatment plan that is safe and effective.
Contact Cherry Creek Dentistry for Your Sedation Dentistry Consultation
Exploring your fears and concerns is a crucial part of creating your unique treatment plan. We look forward to meeting with you and determining how we can make you comfortable while providing the high-quality care you need and deserve.
For more information about our dental sedation services, please call (303) 758-7676 today to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. John and Dr. Olinga Hargreaves serve patients in the Metro Denver area and throughout Colorado.