If you often become nervous, or even anxious, before dental treatment, we encourage you to ask Drs. Steele, Schaffer, and Frank about sedation dentistry in Denver, Colorado. Our dentists and team are committed to helping you feel calm and relaxed in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry is also used for complex treatments like our oral surgery services.
Nitrous oxide is an excellent choice for decreasing nervousness and increasing comfort. Nitrous oxide is very safe and will not put you to sleep. A small mask will be placed over your mouth and nose, through which the nitrous oxide will be inhaled. Nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you should be able to drive yourself home after your visit.
Oral sedation uses a pill that is taken by mouth before your appointment. Oral sedation will make you drowsy, but you will still be awake. The dosage given will be based on your needs and our dentists’ recommendation. Some patients become drowsy enough that they drift off during treatment, but they can be awakened with a gentle shake.
IV sedation involves a sedative being injected into a vein. With this technique, Dr. Steele, Dr. Schaffer, and Dr. Frank can provide a deeper level of sedation. You will be awake, but less aware of the procedure. IV sedation requires recovery time after you leave the office. Because of this, you will need to bring a friend or family member to drive you home after your appointment.
We welcome you to contact Steele Dentistry today to learn more about our sedation options and to schedule your next appointment with our friendly dentists and team.