When was the last time you saw the dentist? If you honestly can’t remember, then perhaps the problem isn’t your memory but that you’re simply nervous about all things dental. Dr. Gasper and his staff at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design understand completely. That’s why we offer three different types of sedation dentistry in Colorado Springs. We can help you decide which one will best calm your nerves so you can have the dental care you need. Read on to learn more about nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and IV sedation.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, provides the mildest form of sedation. Combined with oxygen, a measured amount of nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nose mask that is worn from the beginning of treatment to the end. As you breathe in, you may notice that your senses tingle and you become a little lightheaded. Nevertheless, you remain awake, aware and able to talk to Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Gasper. At the end of your treatment, the mask is removed and the effects usually wear off in just a matter of seconds. In fact, you will be able to drive after your appointment and return to work or school.
What is Oral Conscious Sedation?
As the name suggests, oral conscious sedation is achieved with the use of a sedative that you swallow. Dr. Gasper prescribes a sedative for you to take the night before your appointment so you’ll arrive well rested and another smaller dosage to take immediately prior to your visit. With the sedative already in your system, you’ll need to have a responsible adult drive you to your appointment, remain in our office while you are treated and drive you back home. You may also want company for the first few hours while you rest and recover.
During your appointment, you will be blissfully unaware of your treatment. Dr. Gasper can perform several restorative or cosmetic procedures while you are comfortably sedated. Many patients feel as if they’ve napped through their treatment. At the conclusion of your appointment, you’ll likely be unable to recall anything that happened.
What is Intravenous Sedation?
As in medicine, there are also circumstances in dentistry when intravenous or IV sedation is appropriate. For patients whose dental fear is insurmountable—as well as those who have physical or developmental disabilities that prevent them from remaining still in the dentist’s chair for any length of time—IV sedation can be an excellent solution. For your complete safety, Dr. Gasper trusts only a physician anesthesiologist to administer and monitor IV sedation at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.
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Don’t let fear of the dentist keep you from having the smile you deserve. Contact Aesthetic Dentistry by Design to schedule a visit with sedation dentistry.