What is Sedation Dentistry?

Conquer Dental Anxiety In Boulder

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Sedation dentistry is a conscious sedation. Unlike general anesthesia, our sedation allows your body to stay completely relaxed while staying conscious, so the dentist can communicate with you during the treatment.

Conscious sedation allows you to remain free from worry, discomfort, pain, and anxiety. Your treatment can be remarkably pleasant when you receive dental procedures while under conscious sedation.

The sedatives can make you sleepy, so you might feel like you had a good nap during the procedure. Conscious sedation is often called sleep dentistry, but whether you’re awake or asleep you won’t notice any discomfort. Boulder sedation dentist Dr. Gordon West can provide efficient dental services while you sit back and relax.

Boulder County Smiles in Lafayette CO uses unique calming techniques to help our patients who experience dental anxiety. The amenities we have available include music, acupressure, and specialized conscious sedation medications to help make your visit comfortable and free from worry.

Sedation dentistry is customized for you, depending on your medical history and your level of dental anxiety. Dr. West’s patients with milder dental anxiety might find acupressure and music sufficient for short procedures. For our patients who experience higher levels of dental anxiety, or patients who will undergo longer procedures, you may benefit from oral conscious sedation medications that will help your body relax.

If your sedation dentist determines that conscious sedation is needed, sedatives are administered orally in a pill form. The sedative medications we use here in Boulder, Colorado are Benzodiazepine drugs such as Triazolam or Diazepam, also known as Valium.

Conscious Sedation and Sleep Dentistry

Our conscious sedation and sleep dentistry methods are designed to help you:

  • Feel relaxed and provide a pleasant atmosphere.
  • Receive the dental treatment you need to keep your smile healthy.
  • Forget most of the visit, due to a mild amnesia effect. This can help you feel better about returning.
  • Prevent future nightmares about dental procedures.
  • Minimize the time you spend at the dentist by allowing the dentist to perform multiple procedures in the same visit.
  • Prevent tension, headaches, and muscle soreness associated with dental treatment.

If you would like the benefits of sleep dentistry, we are ready to add this service onto your treatment! Talk to us about your needs prior to your appointment, so we can prepare to help you with your dental anxiety.

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Dr. Gordon West and our compassionate staff in Lafayette CO can give our patients high-quality dental services in the Boulder area. Dr. West is also experienced in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, sedation dentistry, and occlusions.

If you would like to know more about sedation dentistry in our office, call us at the number above or fill out the contact form on this page. Come find out how conscious sedation can help you with your smile and your comfort!