Find Comfort Through Sedation Dentistry

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Find Comfort Through Sedation Dentistry

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Find Comfort Through Sedation Dentistry

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Dental phobia can prevent you from receiving critical dental care. Over time, this can have a drastic impact on the health of your smile.

Fortunately, sedation dentistry can help you feel at ease. Dr. Christopher J. Gillette provides several types of sedation at his practice, serving patients in Denver and Arvada, CO.

Do you avoid dental visits because of fear or anxiety? You’re not alone...

But You Can Achieve

a Calm & Relaxed State

Redefine Your Experience

Many patients avoid the dentist because of a bad experience in the past. Sedation can allow you to fully realize dental care is nothing to be afraid of.

Enjoy Virtually Pain-Free Care

Sedation is paired with a local anesthetic to control pain and anxiety. Your doctor will closely monitor your comfort level throughout the procedure.

Minimize Necessary Dental Visits

Anxious patients require more frequent breaks. In contrast, sedation dentistry allows our team to work more quickly and efficiently.

What Are

My Options?

Types of sedation

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 in Arvada 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.

Christopher J. Gillette, DMD

Dr. Gillette

Dr. Gillette is a board-certified dentist dedicated to upholding the highest level of care. As such, he is affiliated with:

  • American Academy of General Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • Colorado Dental Association
  • Metro Denver Dental Society
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology

To schedule your consultation at our Arvada office, contact us online or call us at (303) 420-4001.


Arvada Office

5610 Ward Rd.
Ste 120
Arvada, CO 80002

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5610 Ward Rd.
Ste 120
Arvada, CO 80002

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