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General Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry in Thornton, CO

We perform sedation dentistry during many dental treatments to help patients remain comfortable and relaxed. Effective sedation will make your visit more pleasing and help our team provide top-quality treatment.

Sedation is commonly used in dental treatments to help improve the experience for patients. Sedation can also be helpful in reducing patient anxiety so that they can remain calm and relaxed during treatment. For top-quality sedation dentistry in Thornton, Colorado, look no further than Glacier Peak Dentistry.

Our practice offers local anesthesia, oral sedation and laughing gas.

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What is local anesthesia?

Local anesthesia is medicine designed to numb an immediate area. The medicine is provided through a simple injection, and it takes effect very quickly. The patient will temporarily lose feeling in the area. A local anesthetic is strictly for managing pain, and it will not affect the patient’s awareness or current mental state. As a result, it is not effective for reducing patient anxiety. Still, a patient can be comforted in knowing that they are less likely to experience any major pain or discomfort during treatment.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation is sedative medicine provided through an oral route of administration. The patient will swallow a pill shortly prior to treatment. The medicine will take some time to go into effect, but when it does, the patient will be in a very relaxed state. The patient will have little recollection of the procedure afterward. Since it will take several hours for the medicine to wear off entirely, the patient will need to arrange for transportation home. Oral sedation is typically used during more extensive dental procedures that would otherwise present unbearable pain.

What is laughing gas?

Laughing gas is an inhaled substance that provides fast-acting and effective sedation for the recipient. The patient will consume the laughing gas by wearing a special mask over their nose and breathing it in. The medicine will take effect in a matter of seconds, and the patient will experience sensations of comfort and well-being. Most pain and discomfort will go unnoticed. Laughing gas wears off very quickly, and it does not offer any lingering side effects. The patient will then be able to continue with their day like normal after treatment.

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Make your next dental visit easier with sedation dentistry from Glacier Peak Dentistry. Our goal is to provide you with maximum comfort and relaxation while you receive any necessary treatment. We invite you to ask us any questions you have about our sedation dentistry offerings. Please call us at (720) 828-5222 to schedule an appointment.