By Elizabeth Dunkleberger DDS PC
October 01, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Dental fear is a serious problem for many people- as many as 75% of US residents report feeling anxious prior to dentist appointments and procedures. For some, their anxiety is so severe that they avoid seeking treatment altogether, which can have serious physical and psychological consequences. Everyone deserves healthy mouth and confident smile, and Elisabeth Dunkleburger, DDS is helping Sedation Dentistrythose in the Highland Ranch, CO area conquer their fears and achieve the dental health they desire. Dr. Dunkleberger provides sedation dentistry services, available in several treatment types, that can reduce and eliminate fear and phobias. 

Sedative Options

Oral medications are an excellent and effective option for many people. These drugs come in tablet or pill form, and are taken by mouth before the appointment to reduce fear and anticipation and during the procedure. They may have some analgesic (pain-reducing) effects as well, depending on how they affect the individual, although local anesthesia, such as Novocaine, can still be used. 

Inhaled Conscious Sedation is given in the form of Nitrous Oxide, which has been used in dentistry for almost 100 years to wonderful effect. The medication produces a feelings of euphoria and contentment, and is administered though a small ‘mask’ that fits just over the nose. Unlike many forms of anesthesia, the body’s circulatory and respiratory functions remain unaffected, so it has no “hangover” like effects, and is very safe. It is also only effective while actually being administered - as soon as the mask is removed after the procedure, the effects will dissipate quickly. 

IV Conscious Sedation is the most potent form of general anesthesia provided, and generally used for more invasive procedures. The medication is given through a peripheral vein, usually in the hand or arm, and provides a state of deep relaxation and near-total amnesia - most patients will not remember the procedure at all. Additionally, if local anesthesia is used, it can be administered after the commencement of the IV sedation for those with anxiety regarding needles or injections. This type of sedative dentistry does carry the highest degree of risk, but also the deepest sedative effects. 

Ready to Conquer your Dental Fear? 

A consultation with Dr. Elisabeth Dunkleberger will help you determine what types of sedation dentistry may be best for you, taking into account your personal history and concerns. Call (303) 470-8484 to explore how we can help you improve your dental care experience and quality of life today, or find more information at