How Does Dental Sedation Work?

Conscious Sedation Options In Boulder

conscious sedation for dental phobia in Boulder and Lafayette CODr. Gordon West, DDS in Lafayette CO offers three levels of anxiety-reduction for patients with dental anxiety or dental phobia.

  • General Stress and Anxiety Reduction—acupressure, music, and a relaxing environment ease mild to moderate dental anxiety during short dental procedures.
  • Oral Sedation—if you have significant anxiety or a dental phobia, this treatment uses Valium (diazepam) or Halcion (triazolam) to put you in a deeply relaxed state, known as conscious sedation. With these safe medications, you will feel completely comfortable, even if you will have several hours of treatment.
  • General Anesthesia—Usually done in a hospital, general anesthesia is a good option for patients with special needs or for persons with the most severe dental phobias.

Although sedation dentistry is often called sleep dentistry, this is a misnomer. You will not be under general anesthesia. You might fall asleep during the procedure, but you won’t be anesthetized. You will be put into a deeply relaxing state with the use of oral sedation medications such as Valium, Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), and other commonly used sedatives.

Oral sedation medications are safe and don’t have the same risks of general anesthesia. In the more than 20 years that sedation dentists have been performing conscious dental sedation, there have been no deaths caused by sedation dentistry procedures. Boulder sedation dentist Dr. Gordon West administers oral sedation medication carefully as recommended in the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS) protocols. With conscious sedation, you will feel relaxed and comfortable throughout your visit at our Lafayette CO dentist office.

If you choose to have conscious dental sedation during your visit, Dr. West will give you some types of sedative, either in a pill form or by inhalation (such as laughing gas, that you breathe in through a mask). Sedatives are not administered by needle, so they are a good option for you if you are afraid of needles.

To learn more about oral sedation, contact the Lafayette CO office of Boulder sedation dentist Dr. Gordon West today and conquer your dental phobia! Simply call the number above or fill out the form on this page.