Have you ever skipped a dental appointment because you’re too nervous to even think about sitting in the dental chair?
Unfortunately, when you have dental anxiety and miss appointments, you put yourself at risk for major oral health issues. At Centre Family Dentistry, your comfort means everything to us, because we want you to relax and feel confident about taking care of your oral health.
With sedation dentistry at our Fort Collins, CO dental office, Dr. Jordan Humbert takes the anxiety out of dental work, and the result is a healthier smile.
The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
There are numerous reasons why patients experience dental anxiety, and sedation dentistry in Fort Collins is perfect for patients who:
- Have high anxiety or fear about dental visits
- Don’t want to feel any pain
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have trouble getting numb
- Hate needles
- Have sensitive teeth
- Don't like the smells or sounds of a dental office
- Want to go to sleep during their procedure
- Need to have wisdom teeth removed
- Require extensive dental work during one appointment
- Have had traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Have TMJ troubles and cannot open your mouth for extended periods
As you can see, whatever the reason for your anxious feelings, sedation dentistry can help you overcome your fear and seek the treatment you need. And when we know that you’re comfortable and at ease, our dental team can work more efficiently to get you out of the dental chair faster.
Sedation Dentistry to Fit Every Need
Each of our patients is unique, so we offer three types of dental sedation to accommodate your needs:
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas that you inhale through a small, comfortable nasal mask. The soothing effects take hold in just a few moments, and you’ll experience a warm sense of comfort and well-being. You will remain fully conscious, but you’ll be only vaguely aware of what’s happening around you.
When Dr. Humbert finishes your procedure, we’ll stop the flow of nitrous and have you breathe pure oxygen for several minutes. This will clear your mind and eliminate any lingering drowsy feeling. You’ll leave our Fort Collins, CO dental office feeling alert, refreshed, and ready to get back to your busy day.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Many of our patients can benefit from more profound relaxation than nitrous oxide provides. For those patients, we offer oral conscious sedation.
Dr. Humbert will prescribe a sedative and instruct you to take the medication about an hour before your dental procedure. The goal is for you to already be in a relaxed state when you arrive at Centre Family Dentistry for treatment.
With oral sedation, you will remain conscious but feel very calm and drowsy. Many patients get so relaxed that they fall asleep, but we can easily awaken you when our team needs to communicate with you.
Since the medication stays in your system for several hours, you will need a friend or family member to drive you to and from your appointment.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Intravenous or IV sedation induces a deep state of relaxation and a sleeplike state. If you deal with any of the anxieties listed above, IV sedation at our Fort Collins dental office will allow you to finally get the dental treatment you need.
At Centre Family Dentistry, your safety and comfort are our priorities, and when you choose IV sedation with us, you couldn't be in better hands. We bring in an experienced anesthesia team who specializes in dental sedation to safely administer comfortable IV sedation here in a familiar location with people you know and trust.
Since the medication is administered directly into your bloodstream, it provides immediate anxiety relief. You’ll feel completely relaxed, drowsy, and experience a dream-like state.
When you leave our office, you will need a driver to get you home safely. Plan to take the day off and rest while the medicine wears off. Rest and drink plenty of fluids, and we will follow up with a phone call to check up on you later that day.
Dental Sedation Tailored for Your Needs
Here at Centre Family Dentistry, Dr. Jordan Humbert and our dental team do whatever it takes to make your experience as calm, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. By offering sedation dentistry options at our Fort Collins, CO dental office, you can finally feel good about getting the critical dental care you need.
Call us at (970) 407-1001 to schedule a dental appointment to learn more about sedation dentistry.