Sedation Dentistry at Elevate Dental Wellness

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Many people think about going to the dentist and instantly feel like they have butterflies in their stomach because of nerves or fear. In fact, nearly 80% of American adults are fearful of the dentist and more than half of them say they don’t go at all because of their phobia.

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 medication to relax patients so they’re still in a conscious state, yet they’re extremely tranquil. Additionally, there are various levels of sedation, ranging from minimal to deep. We want to ensure that you feel comfortable and don’t experience any pain or stress throughout your visit. Explore the different types and levels of sedatives used by Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach.

Levels of Sedation

Depending on your treatment and level of sedation you need, there are different options for sedation. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach want to assure you that each sedative is administered safely with expert knowledge and compassionate care. The types of sedation are:

  1. Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas): Laughing gas does a great job of "taking the edge off" and helps to reduce one's dental anxiety. It is simply administered through a nose cone and the levels can be very easily adjusted. The beauty of laughing gas is that at the conclusion of using it you are totally normal, so you can leave the office in the exact state as when you come in.
  2. Minimal Conscious Oral Sedation: Dr. Van Gorden has been providing oral sedation for over a decade and holds a current permit to do so from the state of Colorado. It's provided with oral medication and is very safe and effective for healthy individuals. We often suggest this not only to reduce anxiety, but also for very long appointments or for those with extreme gag reflexes.
  3. IV Sedation: This service is provided in our office by a board-certified anesthesiologist. Currently, Dr. Mark Young, MD, provides IV sedation to our patients.
  4. Deep Sedation and General Anesthesia: Both of these types of sedation will make you close to unconscious or completely unconscious and asleep. These services are also provided by Dr. Mark Young in our office.

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

Meet Dr. Mark Young, Our Anesthesiologist

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

Just Relax. Elevate Dental Wellness Can Ease Your Nerves

Whether you’re looking to feel a bit more relaxed for your upcoming routine teeth cleaning, or you need to be completely unconscious for a procedure, there is a level of sedation that can help you feel more relaxed at our dental office.

Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach want all of our patients to receive the required care to sustain their oral health. Whatever may be stopping you, we are here to help get you through it, every step of the way. If you have any further questions about our sedation dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment so we can discuss your case and offer you an appropriate method of sedation.