Types of Dental Anesthesia
Aurora and Denver, Colorado
Aspenwood Dental Associates and Colorado Dental Implant Center is proud to be one of the limited number of dental practices in the Aurora area that offer dental sedation. There are different sedation methods available, depending on the dental practice and their preferences. If you are interested in learning more about dental sedation and how this relaxation technique can help relieve anxiety during cosmetic or general dentistry treatment, please contact our team for a free consultation.
Here is a brief explanation of the anesthesia and sedation methods being used in dentistry today.
Topical anesthesia is a numbing cream that we can apply to the gums or skin before injections. It reduces any discomfort from injections, acts quickly, and also wears off quickly.
Local anesthesia is the most common form of dental anesthesia. Delivered via injection, this is Novocain or a similar medication. With a few injections, it can numb the entire area being worked on. It is long-lasting, with one treatment typically lasting during the entire procedure and potentially for a few hours afterward.
Intravenous (IV) Sedation
Sedation medication is delivered intravenously to the dental patient, through a catheter that is attached to a vein in the arm. The quick access port allows the dentist to induce a state of relaxation and achieve conscious sedation where the patient is responsive. During IV sedation, your doctor monitors breathing, blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen levels.
Few dentists will offer this option, and it is usually recommended only for extreme cases. General anesthesia involves being rendered unconscious, in a hospital facility. Patients under deep sedation are unable to feel pain or respond, although a breathing tube may be necessary along with heavy monitoring. This is the most costly type of dental sedation.
Nitrous oxide, also called “inhalation sedation” or “laughing gas,” is one of the oldest and most common forms of dental sedation. The medication is inhaled through a nose mask and the level of sedation is very minor.
IV sedation is related to but different from general anesthesia. It does not produce a numbing sedation, but can be used to produce a calming effect similar to other types of sedation. It can be used to produce either conscious sedation or deep sedation.
Oral sedation, a form of conscious sedation, is the method of choice here at Aspenwood Dental Associates. Mild sedatives (such as Valium® or Xanax®) are taken in pill form before your dental appointment to induce a moderate calming effect. Oral sedation patients are awake and responsive during treatment, but have little or no memory of the experience after the fact.
Aspenwood Dental Associates is your comprehensive dental destination, a place you can trust with the health of your teeth and gums. Learn more about facing your dental fears with the help of safe dental sedation. Please contact our Aurora, Colorado dental practice to set up a free sedation consultation.