Enjoy Your Dental Visit With Sedation Dentistry

Oral Sedation

sedation dentistry in Denver, CO

Do you experience high levels of anxiety when visiting the dentist? You may be a candidate for enteric sedation, also known as oral sedation. Dr. Griffith is certified by the Colorado Board of Dental Examiners to administer enteric sedation. At 58 Dental, sophisticated equipment is used to monitor the patient’s pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation increasing the level of safety.

Advantages to patients include:

  • Treatment is completed when you are in a more relaxed state.
  • You will have less difficulty sitting through a lengthy procedure.
  • Multiple treatments and full mouth restorations can occur at/during the same visit.
  • Less discomfort after treatment.
  • Ease of administration.
  • No need for needles or syringes.

Anti-Anxiety Pills

The most commonly prescribed dental related drugs that treat anxiety belong to the “benzodiazepine” family, drugs such as Valium, Halcion, Xanax, or Ativan. These drugs decrease anxiety by affecting “fear” receptors in the brain.

While benzodiazepines act as sedatives AND anti-anxiety drugs, some are highly targeted at areas within the brain which focus on sleep. Others act in a more specific way and target fear centers in the brain. In most cases, higher doses act as sedatives and induce sleep, while in lower doses, they reduce anxiety without sedation.

Benzodiazepines are Central Nervous System (CNS) depressants, i.e., there can be a decline in blood pressure and breathing. It is also important to note that they should not be mixed with other CNS depressants, such as alcohol. It is important that you utilize the dose Dr. Griffith or your primary care physician recommends.

Please note that you should not travel on your own after any of these drugs have been administered. An escort is required for this type of sedation, even if you traveled by bus or on foot! It’s easy to become disorientated.

When not to take benzodiazepines:

Some of these drugs can affect your liver and heart. It’s important to check with Dr. Griffith, your primary care physician, and/or pharmacist. You should be sure to inform Dr. Griffith if any of the following apply: known allergy to the drug, narrow-angle glaucoma, pregnancy, severe respiratory disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), impaired kidney or liver function, depression/bipolar disorder/psychoses. It is also important to let us know if you are taking other medications, including herbal medications, in order to avoid possible drug interactions.

Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

If you are interested in sedation dentistry, please speak to us about the safe and effective use of nitrous oxide. At 58 Dental, we are fully equipped to monitor your pulse, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation, further assuring your safety. During your procedure you will remain in control of all bodily functions and be able to breathe on your own. Patients actually breathe a higher than normal concentration of oxygen during treatment, adding to the level of safety.


There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide

  • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
  • There are no lingering after effects.
  • Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart or lungs.
  • Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gag reflex.
  • It works rapidly, as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes, its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.

Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide

Although there are no absolute contraindications to using nitrous oxide, there are relative contraindications such as psychiatric disorders, claustrophobia, children with severe behavior problems, acute respiratory infection/nasal obstruction, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and pregnancy.

Please ask for a “5 minute trial” to see if this type of sedation method is right for you.