Going to the dentist can be intimidating, many people suffer from fear or anxiety associated with dentist visits.
At Rocky Mountain Dental Group, we focus on providing the best possible experience for our patients and offer the latest techniques in both oral and IV sedation for a more comfortable visit.
Dental sedation involves administering sedatives to help the patient feel more relaxed and at ease before and during a dental procedure. One great thing about dental sedation is that many patients feel like their procedure lasted only a few minutes, when in fact it may have taken several hours to perform.
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental sedation - Dr. Ontiveros has received specialized training and certification in oral sedation and will help you find the best option for you.
Oral sedation is the most convenient, affordable and commonly used sedation option in dentistry. It consists of using a pill-based sedative taken by mouth within a certain amount of time before your procedure, based on the recommendation of Dr. Ontiveros.
The pill is intended to reduce your level of consciousness to a level that makes you forget the procedure entirely.
Intravenous (IV) dental sedation consists of injecting a saline solution containing a sedative medication directly into the bloodstream.
Just like oral sedation, IV sedation works to reduce a patient’s level of consciousness during a procedure. Sedation happens immediately with IV sedation and the dentist can easily adjust the level of sedation the patient receives throughout the procedure
Almost everyone is a candidate for dental sedation. You and Dr. Ontiveros will have one or several initial consultations before determining if dental sedation is appropriate for you.
Whether it is as simple as a routine dental cleaning or as complex as a dental implant surgery, we always offer our patients the option to receive dental sedation.
Dental sedation falls in between being awake and being asleep. You may not be fully aware of your surroundings, but will be responsive to simple commands (opening your mouth, tilting your head, etc.).
After your procedure, there will be a brief recovery period in the comfort of our office before being released. It takes most patients anywhere from a few hours to a day to fully recover.
When using dental sedation during a procedure, we require that our patients be escorted to and from their appointment, preferably by a close friend or relative.