Feel Genuinely Comfortable in the Dentist’s Office with IV sedation & general anesthesia
At Altitude Oral Maxillofacial Implant Center, patient comfort is always a top priority for our staff of well-trained specialists and team members. That’s why we offer several levels of IV sedation & general anesthesia that can be matched to your personal needs and preferences for an optimal experience! If you’re interested in undergoing sedation during your surgical procedure or have any questions about the process, please let us know. We have multiple locations in the Denver, CO area for your convenience.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Like the name implies, oral conscious sedation is a moderate form of sedation that involves taking oral medication at a scheduled time. Patients will remain conscious, but their anxiety levels should become greatly decreased. They will also feel much more relaxed in the treatment chair and may only have vague memories of their experience once the effects have worn off. Patients undergoing oral conscious sedation will need a trusted escort to drive them both to and from our office.
IV sedation (also sometimes referred to as ‘twilight sleep’) is administered intravenously, and our team can increase or decrease the dosage of sedative medicine whenever needed in order to ensure that the patient is as comfortable and at ease as possible. They will remain aware enough to respond to our team’s requests, but it is very likely that they will not remember much of anything about the procedure itself once it’s completed.
Like with oral conscious sedation, patients undergoing IV sedation will need a friend or family member to escort them to and from our office and keep an eye on them for the rest of the day.
Our doctor typically recommends general anesthesia for severely fearful patients and/or patients who are too young to sit still under their own power during treatment. The medication is delivered intravenously or by inhalation, and once they’ve circulated throughout the bloodstream, you should be rendered fully unconscious and unaware of what’s happening around you. This allows us to perform the surgery safely and as quickly as possible without interruption. The patient’s vital signs will be closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure their safety and comfort.