Sedation Dentistry Candidacy

Cosmetic Dentist Serving Lakewood, Denver, Golden & Nearby Colorado

When Dr. Scott Greenhalgh listens to patients talk about their dental anxieties, he hears a lot of similar stories, many dating back to traumatic childhood dental experiences. If you have one of these stories, you should ask about sedation dentistry. With this approach, our Denver dentist can provide you with the dental work you need while putting you into a state of rest and relaxation.

Sedation dentistry has an excellent safety record, and every year hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo it. However, every procedure carries with it certain requirements from patients. In short, not everyone is a candidate for sedation dentistry.

Dr. Greenhalgh will evaluate you thoroughly to determine if you can safely undergo sedation dentistry. Schedule a consultation at our office in Lakewood, Colorado, by calling 303-988-9060 today.

Anxieties Sedation Dentistry Can Address

Most patients have some level of nervousness about going to the dentist, and that’s natural. However, this base level of anxiety is not what sedation dentistry is designed to address.

Instead, our Denver dentist uses sedation dentistry for patients who have severe, nearly crippling dental anxieties. Put simply, if you get nervous about going to the dentist but go anyway, you’re probably not a good candidate for sedation dentistry. But if your nerves prevent you from undergoing needed dental work, sedation dentistry might be right for you.

Patients who undergo sedation dentistry usually:

  • Have a bad gag reflex
  • Put off dental work out of fear of dentistry
  • Are facing a significant amount of dental work
  • Possess a sensitive tongue, teeth or gums

"Is this right for me?" is one of the most frequent sedation dentistry questions we receive. Once we determine that your anxieties are severe enough to justify sedation, we will evaluate you to determine if you are a good candidate.

The Ideal Sedation Dentistry Candidate

While every patient is unique, there are certain “must-haves” for any sedation dentistry candidate. These include:

  • Sound overall health
  • No active infections
  • No anesthesia allergies

In some cases, patients with ailments such as Parkinson’s that prevent them from controlling their bodies can benefit from sedation dentistry. Dr. Greenhalgh will discuss your sedation options with you and help you decide if it’s an appropriate course of action.

Find out if sedation dentistry is right for you by calling Scott Greenhalgh, DDS, at 303-988-9060 today. Dr. Greenhalgh welcomes patients from Denver and nearby areas to his office in Lakewood, Colorado.