Have you put off or avoided dental treatment due to anxiety or fear? If so, you are not alone.
This common condition, called dental phobia, prevents many people from receiving the dental care they need and results in more serious dental problems the longer the treatment is delayed.
Sedation dentistry allows you to have treatment done during one visit in a relaxed and comfortable way, with little or no memory of the procedure. Depending on your concerns and condition, there are several ways to provide you with the level of sedation that’s right for you.
Dr. Andrew Howard has been providing sedation dentistry to apprehensive patients for more than 30 years. He is one of the few dentists in Colorado that has been trained and certified by the state dental board to provide not only oral sedation but also IV sedation.
Also, Dr. Howard has training for treating patients under general anesthesia provided by an anesthesiologist in his office. This allows for long and complex procedures to be performed safely in one visit. He is a member of the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology and has been a fellow of the American Association of Hospital Dentists.
Who is a candidate for Sedation Dentistry
- Patients with moderate or severe dental fear
- Previous bad or traumatic dental experience
- Difficulty getting numb
- Bad gag reflex
- Complex dental problems
- Very sensitive teeth
- Fear of needles and shots
- Desire or need to have all treatment done in one appointment
- Reduced anxiety and fear
- Little or no memory of the procedure
- All treatment can be finished in one appointment
- Safe and easy to administer
Different Types of Sedation
Sedation can be administered through several different methods, depending on the overall health and level of relaxation required by the patient. Depending on a patient’s anxiety levels, different degrees and types of sedation may be required. These include:
Conscious Oral (enteral) Sedation — This involves taking one or two pills orally about an hour before your visit. Most patients will fall asleep and have little or no memory of the dental treatment.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation — This involves a deeper level of sedation and more amnesia. There is no memory of the procedure at all. Medications are administered through an IV line in your arm.
Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) — This in an inhaled gas that creates a relaxed feeling but no decreased consciousness or amnesia. The benefit is that there are no after-effects, and you can drive yourself home from the appointment.
General Anesthesia- This is provided by an Anesthesiologist or Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist in the office.
If you are interested in learning more about any of our sedation dentistry procedures, call 970-669-3918 today to schedule an appointment.