How Does Dental Sedation Work?

Conscious Sedation Options In Boulder

conscious sedation for dental phobia in Boulder and Lafayette COBoulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO provides three levels of anxiety-reduction for patients with dental anxiety or dental phobia. The three levels are as follows:

  • General Stress and Anxiety Reduction | Our treatment for mild to moderate anxiety includes acupressure, music, and building a relaxing environment around the patient during short dental procedures.
  • Oral Sedation | If you have severe anxiety or a dental phobia, this treatment uses Valium (diazepam) or Halcion (triazolam) to help your body move into a deeply relaxed state, known as conscious sedation. Our medications are safe, and you can feel completely comfortable, even if you need several hours of treatment time.
  • General Anesthesia | General anesthesia is usually done in a hospital, but it can also be a good option for patients with special needs or for our patients with extremely severe dental phobias.

Although sedation dentistry is often called sleep dentistry, the word “sleep” isn’t completely accurate. You’re not put to sleep with oral conscious sedation the way you are with general anesthesia. You might fall asleep during the procedure because your body will be relaxed, but you won’t be unconscious.
Sedation Methods
We have several sedation methods available, including laughing gas, oral sedation medications, and other commonly used sedatives. Oral sedation medications are considered safe and don’t pose some of the same risks of general anesthesia.

In more than 20 years of using conscious dental sedation for patients in need, no death or severe injury has been caused by sedation dentistry methods.

Boulder sedation dentist Dr. Gordon West administers oral sedation medication with compassion and care. Our conscious sedation can have you feeling 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 can give you some sedative options, either in a pill form or by inhalation. We don’t use needles to administer sedatives, so don’t let your fear of needles keep you from coming in to our office!

Call Our Office Today!

To learn more about oral sedation, contact our Lafayette CO office of Boulder sedation dentist Dr. Gordon West today. Conquer your dental phobia by calling the number above or filling out the form on this page.