At Green Dental Care, we understand that not everyone enjoys going to the dentist. It can be a difficult experience, particularly if you have dental anxiety, or are having a procedure like a root canal. Dr. Christopher Green is dedicated to the comfort of all of his patients, which is why we offer sedation dentistry at our practice, serving Parker, Franktown, and Elizabeth. Any patient who is healthy, and does not have any medical issues that may contraindicate sedation can be sedated at Green Dental Care.
Dental anxiety affects many people, and sedation can help reduce your consciousness level, making you feel more comfortable and safe at the dentist. It also helps with those with a sensitive gag reflex.
If you have difficulties sitting still for a long period of time or are having multiple complex procedures performed, sedation can help keep you comfortable through treatment.
Sedation dentistry is helpful if you are extremely sensitive to the vibration and sensation of dental drills, or know that you have a very low pain tolerance.
Feeling uneasy about your next dental visit? Contact our dental office in Parker, Colorado today to learn about sedation dentistry.
The most common type of sedation is nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. It’s delivered using a mask, and it provides patients with a feeling of giddiness and euphoria, with minimal side effects. It wears off after about 5 minutes, and does not affect your ability to drive, so this is typically the best choice for many folks with dental anxiety.
Oral sedation is also available. This pill-based form of sedation is prescribed to you by Dr. Green, and taken one hour before you go to sleep the night before your procedure. Usually, you’ll be given a drug like Valium or Halcion.
These drugs reduce your level of consciousness, to such an extent that you may even fall asleep during your procedure. The primary drawback of this is that you cannot drive after your procedure.
Other forms of sedation offered by Green Dental Care include IV sedation and general anesthesia, but these are usually only required for extremely complex dental surgeries.
At our practice, Dr. Christopher Green always places the comfort of his patients above all else. That’s why we offer sedation dentistry services. We want you to feel safe, and to have peace of mind at the dentist.
If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry and your options at Green Dental Care, please contact us right away at 720-845-5252 for an appointment. We’d also be happy to talk to you in person. You can come to our office at 19551 Hess Road, Suite 100, Parker, CO 80134.
Things To Do/Remember the Day Before Your Appointment
No smoking – This affects the level of sedation during your treatment, and can negatively affect your comfort level during the appointment.
No alcohol – The dentist cannot safely sedate you if you have had alcohol, narcotics pain medicines (including Vicodin/Hydrocodone) or any street or recreational drugs.
Take the sedative medication as instructed by the dentist one hour before you go to bed the night before.
Take no additional medications (e.g. OTC pain medications and antacids, herbal or nutritional supplements) unless discussing these medications with the dentist*
Nothing to eat after midnight (or 8 hours before procedure), it is Ok to take your medication with some water on the morning of the appointment* – Unless otherwise instructed by the dentist – if your appointment is in the afternoon and you eat the day of please eat a light meal (Note: diabetics eat and take med’s as normal)
No chance of pregnancy
The Morning of Your Appointment
NO food or water (except with medication) SIX HOURS prior to your appointment
No sensitivities to Benzodiazepines
Please leave jewelry and watches at home
No contact lenses
Wear short sleeves and comfortable clothing
Wear comfortable shoes/socks
You will be scheduled to arrive 1 hour prior to starting treatment for the administration of the sedation medication
It is absolutely essential that you have your escort drive you to your appointment. We will not be able to proceed with your appointment if you drive yourself, and this will result in forfeiting your pre-paid fee for the appointment. The person driving patient must be able to stay with patient until sedation wears off. (possibly 2-4 hours after arriving home)
Following most surgical procedures there may or may not be pain. You will be provided with medication for discomfort that is appropriate for you. In most cases, a non-narcotic pain regimen is recommended consisting of acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®). These two medications taken together can be as effective as a narcotic without any of the side effects. If a narcotic has been prescribed, follow the directions carefully. If you have any questions about these medications interacting with other medications you are presently taking, please call our office (720-845-5252), your physician and/or your pharmacist.