At Thompson Advanced Dentistry we provide sedation dentistry options for patients with dental fear or anxiety. Greeley, Colorado dentist Dr. Joseph Thompson aims to ensure all of his patients are comfortable at their dental appointments. If you or a loved one suffer from dental anxiety, call our office at 970.205.9614 or schedule a consultation with Dr. Thompson on our website.
Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Using sedation dentistry, we are able to:
- Provide pain-free dental care
- Relieve patient anxiety
- Reduce patient gag reflex
- Cause anterograde amnesia (the patient doesn’t remember the surgery)
Sedation dentistry can also benefit patients with the following conditions:
- Patients with dental fear or anxiety
- Patients with a low tolerance for pain
- Those with a poor gag reflex
- Those who need multiple dental treatments in one visit
- Patients with disabilities or movement disorder
- Special needs patients
- Those who have a phobia of needles, blood, or loud noises
If you have any of these conditions or want a more comfortable dental experience, call our office for care.
Types of Sedation Dentistry
We offer multiple methods of sedation dentistry to patients:
Often referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask. Nitrous oxide takes effect as soon as the mask is placed over the nose and the gas is administered. Under this sedation method, patients are conscious but remain fully relaxed. In addition, patients can typically resume their normal activities after their appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Administered through pill form, this type of sedation dentistry is taken about an hour prior to treatment. Patients will remain conscious during their procedure but often have little to no memory of their treatment. It is important to remember that patients who choose oral conscious sedation need transportation to and from their appointment.
Dr. Thompson is one of few local dentists in Greeley offering IV sedation for patients. With IV sedation, patients feel very relaxed but may not fall asleep. Patients will also have little or no memory of their dental procedure and will not feel pain with IV sedation.