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Sedation Dentistry in Colorado Springs, CO

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?

At our Colorado oral surgery facilities, we strive to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible throughout their entire treatment process. Sedation dentistry can help you relax and overcome any fears or anxiety that you may have when seeking the care you need for improved oral function and health, whether your treatment needs are relatively minor or more extensive in nature. As oral and maxillofacial surgeons, our team is experienced and highly trained in pain control and anesthesia techniques. Though we take a minimally invasive approach to treatment whenever possible, we can complement your procedure and enhance your comfort with local anesthetics, IV (conscious) sedation, or general anesthesia. In many cases, such as involving wisdom teeth removal, our team may combine IV sedation with a local anesthetic while more complex procedures, like jaw surgery, are better treated under general anesthesia. If you or a family member need oral or facial surgery, talk to our team about our sedation options and how we create positive, relaxing treatment visits for patients of all ages.

Types of Sedation

Our oral surgeons have received advanced training in sedation dentistry and effective, safe pain control services for patients during surgical treatments. Our Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO offices offer the following sedation options:

  • IV (Conscious) Sedation: With this method, sedative medication is administered intravenously for procedures performed in our state-of-the-art surgical center. IV sedation technically leaves you conscious, or in “twilight sleep.” However, you will typically feel like you have been asleep and will not have much recollection of your procedure. We use IV sedation in a number of procedures, such as dental implant surgeries and wisdom teeth extractions. To provide a comfortable experience, we may pair IV sedation with a local anesthetic.
  • General Anesthesia: Patients who are good candidates for general anesthesia are usually those who require more extensive or complex care, or deeper relaxation, in our surgical facility or a hospital setting. When general anesthesia is used, patients have no memory of the procedure. General anesthesia is administered through an IV or inhaled through a breathing mask and allows you to sleep through your surgical procedure. As highly trained oral surgeons, we are also experienced in airway management and are trained to address any medical emergencies that may arise during general anesthesia.

Who Should Receive Sedation Dentistry?

It is normal to feel a little anxious about receiving dental care as many people do have some degree of dental anxiety or fear. Patients who are nervous about receiving oral and maxillofacial surgical care can often find relief with sedation dentistry services. We understand these concerns and always strive to make every patient feel comfortable and relaxed, regardless of why they are visiting our surgical center. Due to the nature of oral and facial surgery, we routinely provide sedation services for both children and adult patients when undergoing many of our procedures.

If you or your family member need oral or facial surgery, our skilled surgeons will talk with you to learn more about your fears and help you select the ideal form of sedation for your needs. Dental fears and phobias may stem from a range of factors, including a sensitive gag reflex, complex needs, or traumatic dental experiences as a child. Your medical history, type of treatment required, and degree of general dental anxiety will allow our surgeons to determine the best recommendation of sedation dentistry for you. Committed to your safety and comfort, we will discuss your sedation options and let you know what to expect from the process.

How Does Sedation Dentistry Work?

Prior to the day of treatment, our surgeons will review the type of sedation dentistry ideal for you and give you an idea of what to expect from the process. IV sedation with local anesthetic and general anesthesia carry different effects. With both of these options, we will recommend that you avoid eating or drinking anything for at least eight hours before your scheduled surgery time. IV sedation is administered intravenously into your arm and allows you to relax and even drift off to sleep during your procedure, though you remain conscious and able to answer to our instructions. General anesthesia is also given through an IV or via an inhalation technique. This option puts you to sleep and requires a longer recovery period as a result. You will also need to have an adult accompany you to and from your visit when receiving IV sedation or general anesthetic. Our surgical team will provide instructions on what to do before and after your visit so that you are fully prepared.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

Once your surgery is complete, you will be given time to recovery in one of our relaxing treatment rooms, or if in a hospital, a post-op recovery room. Since you will likely remember little about this time, our team will review follow-up instructions with the adult who accompanies you to your visit. If a local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area, it is best to avoid eating until the numbness fully wears off following your treatment. Our surgeons may prescribe pain medication to help keep you comfortable as you heal. Certain instructions may also be given based on the type of procedure you received. For instance, following tooth extractions, you should avoid spitting, smoking, or drinking through a straw to preserve the clot forming in the extraction sites. Please contact our caring team with any questions or concerns that arise as you go through the healing process. We may schedule you to come back in for a follow-up visit for suture removal or evaluation of treatment sites, depending on your unique needs.

Is Sedation Dentistry Covered by Insurance?

Sedation dentistry services may be covered in part by your insurance. To learn more about your coverage, we will contact your provider and let you know if there will be any out-of-pocket expenses. Our Colorado Springs and Pueblo, CO offices accept several payment methods and can give you information on flexible medical financing to help you get the treatment you need in a way that fits within your budget.

Overcome Dental Fear and Anxiety

Fear and anxiety should not come between you and your health. Sedation dentistry options from our experienced team can help you enjoy positive dental experiences and get the care you need without worrying or feeling nervous about your treatment. Learn more on your options for sedation dentistry by contacting our friendly team today. Even those who are the most fearful can have a great treatment experience when partnering with a surgical team focused on patient comfort and safety.

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