In Arvada, Dr. Gillette Eases Anxiety with Sedation
Do you avoid dental visits because of fear or anxiety? You’re not alone. Research reports that up to 20% of Americans experience dental anxiety. The uncertainty of what to expect is what drives most patients’ fear. In Arvada, Dr. Chris Gillette is a board-certified dentist who calms the nerves of fearful patients with safe, calming sedation dentistry.
There are several forms of anesthesia available, such as nitrous oxide (also known as “Laughing Gas”) and intravenous (IV) sedation (also known as “twilight sleep” or “conscious sedation”). Dr. Gillette can help you choose the method that is best for you by examining factors such as your level of anxiety and the type of the procedure to be performed. The anesthesia methods Dr. Gillette offers are explained below.
- Local Anesthesia: All procedures are performed with local anesthetic (also known as “Novocaine”) regardless of whether any type of sedation is chosen. Local anesthetic numbs your teeth, jawbone, and gums.
- Intravenous Sedation (“IV sedation/ Twilight Sleep/ Conscious sedation”): IV sedation enables you to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the surgery. Performing the sedation through an IV is the safest and most predictable way to reduce anxiety, awareness, and memory during the procedure. During the sedation, you will technically be “conscious” so the body can maintain natural reflexes like breathing and swallowing. Many patients, however, are so relaxed that they drift in and out of sleep (“twilight sleep”) and are frequently unaware of the dental procedure. The intention is to use the least amount of medication possible while ensuring the patient is comfortable. In addition to being affordable and effective, IV sedation is extremely safe, making it an attractive option for many patients. The disadvantages of conscious sedation are the increased cost and need for an escort after the procedure.
- Oral Sedation: Sedative medication in pill form taken prior to your appointment will put you in a completely peaceful state of mind. We’ll monitor you throughout your appointment to ensure your comfort and safety. You’ll be able to converse with Dr. Eaton and our team, but you won’t remember treatment details following your appointment. Oral sedation wears off gradually. You’ll likely return to your regular activities the day following your oral sedation dentistry appointment. Like IV sedation, you will require an escort to drive you home.
- Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”): Nitrous oxide analgesia, or “laughing gas,” has been the classic method of light sedation for dental procedures. During the use of nitrous oxide, patients remain in control of their physical functions and breathe independently. Nitrous oxide is a convenient and ideal option for patients with minimal anxiety towards the dental procedure. Inhaled through a nasal mask, nitrous oxide works quickly. The effects of the gas diminish rapidly following treatment to let you resume normal activities, and let you drive to and from the practice yourself.
At your sedation dentistry consultation, Dr. Gillette will discuss the dental procedures you need, review your medical history, and help you determine the sedation method that’s right for you. Sedation dentistry lets Dr. Gillette perform multiple procedures in a single session to save you time, in many cases the entire mouth can be completed in a single visit.
Your smile plays an important role in your appearance, self-esteem, and whole-body health. Avoiding dental care jeopardizes oral and overall wellbeing. With sedation dentistry from Dr. Gillette, you can have the smile you deserve without anxiety.
Comfortable Care, Affordable Prices, Reliable Results. Trust Dr. Gillette with your family’s dental needs. Call today to schedule an appointment. Our Arvada dental office provides quality care to families from Golden, Lakewood, Wheat Ridge, Westminster, and surrounding areas.