Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry at Elevate Dental Wellness

Relieve Your Anxiety or Fear

Neglecting the dentist can be extremely harmful to your oral health and overall well-being. At Elevate Dental Wellness, we offer sedation dentistry to help calm your worries so you can receive your necessary dental care.

Sedation dentistry uses different types of medication to relax patients to a certain extent, depending on the procedure they receive. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and don’t experience any pain or stress throughout your visit.

People Who Often Seek Sedatives
Types of Sedation
Levels of Sedation

People Who Often Seek Sedatives

There are many different reasons our patients ask for sedation at Elevate Dental Wellness. Along with being scared of the dentist, other reasons people use sedatives include:

  • Complex surgeries
  • Multiple treatments in one appointment
  • Previous traumatic dental experience
  • Intense gag reflex
  • Phobia of needles and shots
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Nerves from the sight, smell, or noise of a dental office

Types of Sedation

Depending on your needed dental treatment, there are different options for sedation that we offer. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach want to assure you that each sedative is administered safely with expert knowledge and compassionate care.

  • Inhaled minimal sedation: Also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, you’ll inhale this gas mixed with oxygen through a mask and notice a transition into a more relaxed state. We can control the amount of sedation you inhale and when your treatment is complete, the gas will wear off quickly.
  • Oral sedation: Depending on the dose given, you’ll take mediation that’ll either leave you relaxed and awake or take a larger dose that can put you to sleep. While under oral sedation, you’re still capable of being awakened easily if we need to ask you questions or need you to reposition.
  • Intravenous sedation: This form of sedation is given through an IV that’s placed in your vein. It allows the sedatives to take effect much quicker and we can continuously adjust the amount given throughout your procedure.
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia: Both of these types of sedation will make you close to unconscious or completely unconscious and asleep. These medications will eventually wear off and you’ll feel like yourself again.

Levels of Sedation

Here at our Basalt office, we offer four levels of sedation to ensure every patient feels comfortable during their visit. These various levels include:

  • Minimal sedation: With minimal sedation, patients are awake but relaxed. Dentists commonly use nitrous oxide (laughing gas) during the procedure, or oral sedation, which requires the patient to take a pill about an hour before the procedure.
  • Moderate sedation: Oral sedation is also an option for moderate sedation, though patients take a larger dosage the night before and the day of to get to the level they need. Another option is an IV that delivers sedatives through a vein to start working more quickly.
  • Deep sedation: Medications given to the patient get them close to complete unconsciousness.
  • General anesthesia: With general anesthesia, the patient is completely unconscious.

Meet Our Anesthesiologist

Dr. Mark Young is a board-certified Anesthesiologist with 20 years of experience and has more than 10 years of experience providing office-based anesthesia in the Roaring Fork Valley. He’s fellowship-trained in pediatric anesthesia and enjoys helping patients of all ages.

Dr. Mark works with patients to design an individualized plan that makes patient safety and comfort a top priority. He also takes environmental impact into account. Dr. Mark uses anesthetic gas with the lowest carbon footprint and carbon filters all waste gas. He uses supplies that are DEHP-free and participates in recycling programs whenever vendors offer them.

When he’s not keeping patients safe and comfortable, Dr. Mark enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities and loves spending time with family and friends. In quieter moments, he enjoys cooking, playing guitar, woodworking, and chess.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect with dental sedation?
Will I feel any pain during the procedure?
Is sedation dentistry safe?
Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

What can I expect with dental sedation?

Depending on the type of sedation you receive, you can expect a few different things. With oral sedation or nitrous oxide, you’ll feel completely relaxed and stress-free while staying awake.

If you receive IV sedation, which is the strongest form of conscious sedation, you should expect to have moderate to high levels of amnesia during the procedure. You also may feel drowsy after the procedure, so it is required that you have a driver to take you home.

Will I feel any pain during the procedure?

In most cases, patients do not feel anything during the procedure. With the help of sedatives and any numbing anesthetic used, you’ll likely be comfortable and calm throughout your treatment.

If you do experience any discomfort, it’s expected to occur at the end of your procedure when the sedatives wear off, as well as throughout your recovery period.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe, especially when given by experienced dentists and on-staff anesthesiologists. However, in some cases, obese individuals or sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) should discuss all potential complications of sedation with Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach beforehand to ensure their safety.

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry?

A good candidate for sedation dentistry is anyone with dental anxiety or phobia. If you have any of the following fears or concerns, talk with us about our sedation options:

  • Fear of needles and/or shots
  • Had a traumatic dental experience in the past
  • Can’t handle the smells or noises of being at a dentist’s office
  • Have overly sensitive teeth, a strong gag reflex, or trouble getting numb
  • Require a more complex dental treatment
  • Wish to have a more comfortable dental treatment

Elevate Dental Wellness Can Ease Your Nerves

Whether you want to feel more relaxed for your upcoming routine teeth cleaning, or you need to be put to sleep for a procedure, there’s a level of sedation made for you.

Our doctors want all of our patients to receive the required care to sustain their oral health. If you have any questions about sedation dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your case and offer an appropriate method of sedation.

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