Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

Are you fearful of going to the dentist? Do you put off going to the dentist for the sole fact that you are nervous of even stepping foot in a dental office? Many dental offices, including Aspen Dental, now offer several types of sedation that will make your trip to the dentist a more comfortable and relaxing experience. We want our patients to walk into our office stress-free and our priority is to provide you with the necessary dental health and comfort that you deserve. We understand that every patient is different and we strive to provide you with the perfect dental visit. Every time.

Sedation dentistry is obviously the correct choice for fearful or anxious patients but may also be beneficial for..

– Patients in need of substantial dental work that may involve a number of long procedures

– Patients with sensitive teeth

– Handicapped or special needs patients (Dementia, Alzheimer’s, etc.)


Here at Aspen Dental, we offer 3 types of sedation dentistry. They include:

1. Nitrous Oxide Sedation: Sometimes referred as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is the most common type of sedation used in dentistry. Nitrous Oxide is a  sweet smelling gas that you can breathe without any irritation. You’ll receive no less than 30% nitrous oxide and around 70% oxygen. With nitrous oxide, you will still have control of your bodily functions and will remain in control but may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep .

2. Oral Sedation: A patient also has the option of taking a sedative orally, such as Valium or Ativan. In some cases, medication can be taken by the patient as early as the previous day to ensure successful sedation at time of appointment.

3. IV (Intravenous) Sedation: IV sedation is the fastest acting sedation treatment, making it one of the most sought after sedation therapy for patients. IV sedation is administered through the veins and induces a state of deep relaxation. In the dental world, it is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry.”


Give us a call to schedule your complementary consultation where Dr. Nishimura and our staff can walk you through each option of sedation dentistry. Please feel free to give us a call at (303) 399-0400 with any questions you may have. Or for more information, visit our website at