We use advanced sedation dentistry in a number of our in-house services. Our goal is to ensure you are always comfortable and calm throughout any dental treatment or procedure at our office. Our team will work closely with you to assess your pain and comfort levels to make sure you never experience unnecessary discomfort.
The Purpose of Dental Sedation
Dental sedation refers to medicine that is designed to reduce physical pain associated with treatment or to reduce anxiety and help you feel more relaxed while dental work is being completed. Dental sedation can make treatment, even when undergoing more complex restorative procedures, more comfortable and ensures our staff can work effectively. We offer dental sedation through oral sedation and Nitrous/laughing gas.
What is laughing gas and what does it do?
Laughing gas is Nitrous Oxide and is commonly used as a local sedation method. It’s colorless and odorless and its usefulness stems from its ability to quickly work and safely reverse its effects. It is a widely considered safe dental sedation method.
What types of anesthesia are used for dental work?
The most common types of anesthesia used are local oral anesthesia, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is a numbing solution that is injected directly into the treatment area—usually the gums. In addition to local anesthetic, conscious sedation is an option for our patients that decreases anxiety and for most patients leaves no memory of the actual procedure. Conscious sedation involves taking medication before your visit that will make you feel sleepy. We typically use Halcion for this and it works well to create a positive dental experience.
If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by Highlands Ranch Smiles, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.