Many people experience a little nervousness or concern before visiting the dentist. Some people, however, experience anxiety, dread, fear, and full-fledged panic attacks when they think about dental care visits. Approximately 30-40 million Americans avoid receiving regular dental care every year due to dental fear and dental anxiety. Unfortunately, by not seeking preventive care, these people often experience poor oral health. They are at a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for invasive procedures to repair serious damage.
We have an experienced and compassionate dental care team at Integrated Dental by Espire in Greeley, CO. We understand that you may have negative feelings about visiting the dentist. Rest assured that you are not alone. Our entire dental team will work with you on a one-on-one basis to help you feel relaxed and at ease during your visit. We offer sedation dentistry as a general dentistry service for our patients that have a fear of the dental office.
Sedation Dentistry Greeley, CO
Sedation dentistry is a proven tool to help millions get the dental care they need. Our office offers a wide variety of sedation dentistry options to help you conquer your dental anxiety. Whether you are intimidated by the noise, equipment, or procedure, we can help you relax and remain calm and comfortable. Our sedation dentistry solutions include:
- Nitrous oxide: Also known as laughing gas or inhalation sedation, nitrous oxide is a safe, easily regulated sedation option that dentists have used to calm nervous patients since the mid-19th century. Nitrous oxide produces feelings of euphoria and relaxation and is appropriate for patients of all ages suffering from mild dental anxiety.
- Oral sedation: For patients over the age of 12 who have moderate to severe dental anxiety and fear, oral sedation offers a great option in the form of a pill. Patients take a dose of anti-anxiety medication about an hour before their appointment. By the time they settle into the chair, they feel profoundly relaxed and detached from the procedure about to take place.
- Oral sedation + nitrous oxide: For patients who need a deeper level of relaxation, we can combine inhalation therapy with oral sedation. This combination of sedation allows our team to perform even complex procedures while you remain detached and at ease.
Sedation Dentistry FAQs
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Dental sedation is very safe and has become a vital tool to help patients receive oral health care.
Do You Feel Pain During Oral Sedation?
You will not likely feel any pain during your appointment. Our dentists will use a combination of local anesthetic and sedation to ensure your comfort. You will remain calm, relaxed, and pain-free for the entire duration and will wake with little to no memory of the procedure.
Does Sedation Put You to Sleep?
Our sedation methods will not put you sleep. However, you will be in a deep state of relaxation and some people do fall asleep because of this. During your appointment, you will be able to communicate and will still have control over your body. Even though you are not asleep, once you emerge from your sedated state, you should only remember bits and pieces from your appointment.