Sedation Dentistry in Denver, CO

At Vero Dental, we offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation for our patients who feel varying degrees of dental anxiety. Repeat, positive experiences at the dentist can help our patients overcome their anxiety, so we will do everything we can to make you comfortable during your visit. We never want our patients to fear going to the dentist.


Mild Sedation

Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” is administered through a nosepiece and results in a calm, relaxed feeling. It also strengthens the efficacy of the local numbing anesthetic which enhances patient comfort. It’s a great option for patients who feel mild anxiety and need a little distraction.

Moderate Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is an option for patients who need something a little stronger than nitrous oxide. This is a pill taken about an hour before your dental appointment. You will not fall asleep during your procedure, but you will feel drowsy and relaxed. Even though you are “sedated,” you will remain conscious and able to respond to questions and instructions.

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Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe. Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” can even be used on children. The pill used for oral conscious sedation is a commonly prescribed medication used to help people control anxiety. No matter which sedation option you select, our team will monitor your condition continuously throughout your procedure.

What are the side effects of dental sedation?

There are no residual side effects to nitrous oxide. The effects wear off almost immediately. Oral conscious sedation leaves patients drowsy for a period of time after their procedure. It is also possible that you won’t remember your procedure with oral conscious sedation. People react differently to sedation, so this will vary by individual.

How long does dental sedation last?

Nitrous oxide only lasts as long as it is being administered. You can even drive yourself home after your appointment! The strength of your oral conscious sedation will be determined based on the length of your procedure to ensure that it will last as long as necessary. Because the effects of oral conscious sedation also takes longer to wear off, it is important to have someone drive you to and from your dental appointment.