Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you anxious? Has it been years since your last dental visit? We can help. Our friendly office staff, hygienists, and dentist, Dr. Rachel Barone, aim to create a positive experience for anxious patients. Sedation dentistry is a treatment we offer at Gunbarrel Dental Center in Boulder, CO, to help patients with dental fear and anxiety. Dental sedation is a general dental treatment that can help patients maintain their smiles and prevent common oral health problems like cavities and gum disease.
Benefits of Dental Sedation
There are several benefits of sedation dentistry. Dental sedation:
- Reduces anxiety and fear
- Relaxes patients
- Provides faster recovery
Call us for accommodations if you or a loved one have a fear of the dentist or dental anxiety. We will help you and your loved one get the care you need.
Sedation Dentistry in Boulder, CO
We typically use a local anesthetic to numb the treated area when placing dental fillings or crowns. Anesthetic reduces and prevents pain for patients to receive the care they need. We can use anesthesia in combination with dental sedation.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, calms patients. This gas is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask that we place over the nose and mouth. Oral sedatives relax patients, although they will still be conscious during treatment. Patients will be able to communicate with us under oral conscious sedation. We prescribe oral sedatives that patients can take before their treatment. Patients will need a ride to and from the office under this type of sedation.
Dr. Barone is partnered with a local Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) to provide IV or intravenous sedation. This type of sedation delivers anti-anxiety medication through the bloodstream. Patients with more severe dental anxiety benefit from IV sedation.
We measure the patient’s blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate throughout every type of sedation. Patients may also fall asleep under nitrous oxide or IV sedation, and we will gently wake them up once the effects of the sedation wear off.
Contact Us Today
Call Gunbarrel Dental Center for dental sedation today at 720-881-0614. You can also request a dental appointment on our website. Please let our team know if you have any further questions about sedation, and they can help!