What is Sedation Dentistry
In our opinion, sedation dentistry is one of the best things that has resulted from modern dentistry. It uses medication to help you relax during dental procedures. The great thing about it is that it can be used during any dental procedure no matter how simple or complex it is. At Longmont Dental Loft we use two forms of sedation for dentistry. The forms we use are nitrous oxide or general anesthesia.
Also known as laughing gas, this form of sedation is inhaled during the procedure. The nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and Dr. Hedrick can control the amount of sedation received depending on several factors.
Nitrous oxide is commonly used when not much sedation is needed, and it has a great calming effect. Unlike stronger forms of dental sedation such as general anesthesia, you will still be able to understand your surroundings and respond to questions when on nitrous.
Process for Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide as a sedative is very simple. You will wear a mask that covers your nose that combines nitrous oxide with oxygen. After just a few minutes, you will feel relaxed and much more comfortable.
When the procedure is complete Dr. Hedrick will remove the mask and the nitrous will wear off quickly. In fact, his is the only form of sedation dentistry where you will be able to drive home without needing a driver.
General Anesthesia for Dentistry
Dr. Russ Yancey, Anesthesiologist
Sometimes more complex procedures are best done with general anesthesia. In fact, we use general anesthesia for most of the surgeries that Dr. Hedrick performs. It’s also great to use when children have multiple areas of disease in their mouth.
Luckily, there is no need to visit another office for the sedation and it can be administered at our Longmont office. For several years we have partnered with Dr. Yancey with Mountain Dental Anesthesia for general sedation. Dr. Yancy is a well-trained dental anesthesiologist that has extensive experience. When general anesthesia is needed, we can schedule an appointment with Dr. Yancey, and he will come into our office to administer the anesthesia.
Dr. Hedrick’s Thoughts on Sedation Dentistry
“Often patients have had bad experiences in the past and are very nervous. This can prevent patients from getting dental work done which can be detrimental. Luckily, sedation dentistry is a solution that can help them relax during the much-needed procedure. The results have been amazing, and it’s allowed many of our patients to have a stress free and relaxing experience.
When patients need a lot of work done it’s incredible being able to have an anesthesiologist come into our office to perform the sedation. Dr. Yancey is a great anesthesiologist and I can’t say enough good things about him. Several patients have expressed to me that they can tell Dr. Yancey deeply cares about their health and well-being.”
Why Have Sedation at our Longmont Office?
Sedation is a great way to relax during a procedure and make it more comfortable. Of course, the main goal is always safety. And at Longmont Dental Loft you can be sure that the sedation will be safe, and all protocols will be followed.
We offer a choice of sedation options and Dr. Hedrick can work with you to determine which method is best for you. Contact our Longmont, CO office today to learn more about how sedation dentistry can make your dental experience more comfortable.