Dental treatment should never make you uncomfortable. It is our job as your dental care providers to do whatever is possible to lessen your anxiety and prevent any discomfort. This is made possible with the aid of dental sedation and dental anesthesia. When these two types of medications are combined, your treatment is not only pain-free but also nerves-free. And establishing a positive attitude toward dentistry will pay off for the rest of your life.
Positive Dental Experiences and Your Oral Health
It’s important to view every aspect of your life with a positive outlook. This is not only beneficial for your mood, but your future prospects. Approaching tasks and activities with optimism helps everything turn out as well as possible. Dental health is no different. If you’re happy about your dental care and eager to improve your health, you’ll be more likely to see results.
Dental anxiety can be paralyzing. It prevents patients from taking initiative and engaging with their dental care. Drs. John Hargreaves and Olinga Hargreaves do everything in their power to soothe those frazzled nerves. They will not only provide proper dental anesthesia to avoid causing you pain, but will also make dental sedation available to relieve your anxiety.
How Denver Sedation Dentists Improve The Patient Experience
When you have dental anxiety, it can be tough to even cross a dental office’s threshold. Patients with severe anxiety find themselves putting off regular exams and avoiding any kind of dental treatment. Unfortunately, this tends to result in cavities and periodontal disease. Once those patients do visit the dentist, they have to undergo involved procedures to resolve the problems – making their anxiety even worse. This is a vicious cycle that sedation dentistry hopes to break.
Dental Treatment without Anxiety or Pain
Dental anesthesia blocks communication between nerves and muscles to prevent any pain. Once you have been numbed, you won’t feel anything happening at the treatment site. You will remain numb to pain throughout the procedure, and will experience the numbness slowly wearing off as the day progresses. Anesthesia is given to every patient who is having treatment that may cause discomfort.
Dental sedation targets a different part of the body. Instead of numbing you to pain, sedation slows the central nervous system. This allows you to receive treatment without experiencing any anxiety. You will feel calm and at ease, but won’t lose connection to the world around you. You will be able to respond to questions and interact with your dentist and hygienist. The sedation options available at Cherry Creek Dentistry include:
- Nitrous oxide – This form of sedation is inhaled throughout the course of treatment. It makes you feel euphoric and comfortable with your treatment. The effects will wear off quickly after your procedure.
- Oral conscious sedation – When using oral conscious sedation, you will be prescribed a medication prior to the big day. You will take the medicine before arriving at our office, so that it has taken effect by the time you’re in the dental chair.
- Twilight sedation – IV sedation makes a big difference for extremely anxious patients. It helps patients through procedures while allowing them to forget all the details of treatment. Although you are responsive while sedated, it’s likely that you won’t remember most of it afterwards.
If you receive sedation, you will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment, as it won’t be safe for you to transport yourself. Curious about setting sedation in place for your next appointment? Simply get in touch to learn more about your options.