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 and a higher risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and the need for invasive reparative procedures. Dr. Melvin Benson and his team of caring dental professionals at Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley understand that you may have negative feelings about visiting the dentist and will work with you on a one-on-one basis to help you feel relaxed and at ease during your visit.
Sedation Dentistry in Greeley, CO
- 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 a little pill. Patients take a dose of anti-anxiety medication about an hour before their appointment. By the time they settle in to 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 Dr. Benson to perform even complex procedures while you remain detached and at ease.
Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?
Dr. Melvin Benson has received advanced training with DOCS Education, a prestigious institute dedicated to refining the skills a practicing dentist needs to safely administer various forms of sedation. Both Dr. Benson and his team will monitor your vital signs closely throughout your procedure to ensure you stay safe and comfortable.
Sedation dentistry is not suitable for all patients. During a comprehensive and individualized dental exam, Dr. Benson will determine if oral sedation is right for you. Dr. Benson will discuss other medications you may be taking and discuss your oral health concerns.
Our experienced and compassionate dental care team is here for you. Feel free to ask questions about your oral health or any dental treatment you may be receiving. We want all of patients to leave feeling confident in their smiles.
Do not put off essential oral health care. Avoiding dental treatment can worsen complex dental health concerns causing extensive damage to your teeth and gums. Early diagnosis through preventative dentist office visits can help you to avoid advanced restorative dentistry. Your oral health is directly tied to the health of your entire body. A healthy, functional smile, can help maintain your health for years.
Schedule a visit to our Greeley dentist office to find out what dental treatments are right for you. Dr. Benson and Dr. Dunham are highly trained and experienced dentists offering their patients state of the art dental technology and quality dental care in a compassionate environment.