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Dental Sedation in Colorado Springs, CO

The Benefits Of Sedation Dentistry

At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we know that a dental appointment is not everyone’s idea of a good time. And that’s why we offer both laughing gas sedation and oral conscious sedation for all patients.

Sedation dentistry has a lot of great benefits. First, it helps you overcome feelings of anxiety and fear that may otherwise stop you from getting the treatment you need. Even if you have dental anxiety, you can get expert care from Dr. Tuttle and Dr. Colt. 

With sedation, also feel more comfortable in the dentist’s chair, which is very important for long appointments that may take 2+ hours. You can relax throughout your entire procedure, and get through it more easily.

Sedation dentistry can also help improve your pain tolerance, mitigate fear of needles such as numbing needles, and even impair your gag reflex. Interested in these benefits? Contact Tuttle Family Dentistry now to schedule your appointment.

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Is Dental Sedation Safe?

Yes. Every type of dental sedation is safe, and serious complications of any type are extremely rare. And Tuttle Family Dentistry, we take your safety very seriously. Before you’re approved for sedation, you’ll discuss your health history, medications you’re taking, and other details with Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle. This ensures you can be sedated safely.

And throughout the sedation process, your vital signs will be closely monitored by our team to ensure your safety throughout your entire procedure. When you work with the team at Tuttle Family Dentistry, you’ll be in good hands.

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What Does Dental Sedation Feel Like?

This depends on the type of sedation you get. Let’s start with nitrous oxide sedation. Most patients feel very euphoric when they get nitrous oxide sedation. You will feel happy, comfortable, and a bit disconnected from the things that are happening around you. You might even find the situation funny, which is why nitrous oxide is also called “laughing gas.”

However, you will remain fully conscious during nitrous oxide sedation. You won’t feel any feelings of pain or anxiety, but you will still be aware of your surroundings. This makes it a particularly good option if you don’t like the idea of sleeping through your appointment.

Oral conscious sedation is quite a bit different. Similarly to nitrous oxide, you will begin to feel calmer and less anxious as the drugs take effect. But unlike laughing gas, you also will feel really tired and groggy. In fact, it’s quite common for patients to fall asleep during their procedures.

You won’t be unconscious, though, just sleeping. You can be woken up and you can still respond to commands, if needed. Another common effect of oral conscious sedation is “anterograde amnesia.” This means you may forget most or all of what happened during your procedure.

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Oral Conscious Sedation After-Effects

Oral conscious sedation has much longer after-effects than nitrous oxide sedation. Your reflexes and decision-making abilities will be impaired for up to 4-6 hours or longer, so you cannot drive yourself home. You will need to bring someone with you to our office who can drive you home and make sure you get home safely.

As you recover and the sedation wears off, you may feel nauseated, confused, dizzy, or have dry mouth. You may also feel drowsy and fatigued. Once you get home, take it easy for the rest of the day and relax. As time goes on, these effects will fade.