Dental fear is common for many people, with over 40 million Americans experiencing some degree of anxiety about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry helps alleviate dental anxiety by making you feel relaxed and at ease, which makes it much less stressful to go to the office to receive your treatments and lets us perform your dental care more efficiently and with less time. At our Pagosa Springs, Colorado practice, we offer a variety of sedation options including moderate IV sedation, which is the most customizable and relaxing form of conscious sedation available. Dr. William Thornell is certified and extensively trained to provide IV sedation, so you can be confident that you’ll be in good hands during your appointments. We often recommend IV sedation for patients who are receiving dental implants, including those in need of a full mouth reconstruction.
What makes IV sedation different versus other options like nitrous oxide or oral sedation is the level of sedation that can be controlled to meet the need of the patient at any given time during the procedure. Thanks to his advanced training in administering IV sedation, Dr. Thornell can tailor the level of sedation to your needs, ensuring that you never receive too much or too little, and your vital signs are always monitored 100% of the time during your treatment. As for comfort, patients report feeling as if they are in a dream-like state, calm and very relaxed. Many of our patients do not remember their procedures at all afterward! Because of how soothing IV sedation proves to be, many patients choose it when replacing teeth with dental implants. Not only does it help with anxiety, but it allows our team to complete lengthy procedures with ease since you are so comfortable.