Have Trouble Keeping Mouth Open: Sedation Can Help

Call today for a free sedation dentistry consultation, including X-rays.

Do you have trouble keeping your mouth open during dental visits, for short or long periods of time? If so, we’re here to help you. Not many dental offices in the Denver metro area (or all of Colorado, for that matter) offer three levels of sedation, but we do. And sedation dentistry can make dental visits much easier!

Some patients struggle to keep their mouths open because of the following issues:

Dental Anxiety: Many patients who have mild or severe dental anxiety also have trouble keeping their mouths open. This can be caused by a fear of choking, self-consciousness about a strong gag reflex, a sensation of not being able to swallow properly, or sensitivity in general. Whatever the cause of your anxiety, sedation can help. Laughing gas (also known as nitrous oxide) can help relax you, or we can give you oral sedation or IV sedation.

TMJ Disorder: Some patients have TMJ disorders on their right sides and/or their left sides. TMJ, which is short for “temporomandibular joint,” is the hinge that connects the upper and lower jaws. For some people, the TMJ clicks, gets stuck, pops out of alignment, or becomes sore. As a result of TMJ disorders, it can be difficult to open wide and/or keep your mouth open for an extended period of time. Sedation dentistry can solve this, particularly IV sedation or conscious sedation.

Strong Gag Reflex: Some patients have a strong gag reflex, an involuntary action that they can’t control. As a result, it can be difficult to get dental treatment – from X-rays and cleanings to fillings and more complex treatment. People with strong gag reflexes struggle, in particular, with having their back teeth worked on. Laughing gas can help if you have a strong gag reflex, because it helps relax you. We also offer IV sedation and conscious sedation, for more extreme cases.

If you have trouble visiting the dentist, or haven’t been to the dentist in awhile, give us a call! We’ll talk about your situation in a free dental consultation, which includes X-rays.  Sedation is also helpful for those who have physical disabilities that make it difficult to tolerate dental treatments.

If you have questions about sedation, or to schedule a free dental consultation, please contact the dental office near you:

Highlands Ranch, (303) 309-0749, highlandsranch@sedationdentistdenverco.com

Denver (Lowry), (303) 323-8158, lowry@sedationdentistdenverco.com

Colorado Springs (Powers and Carefree Circle), (719) 247-2350, coloradosprings2@sedationdentistdenverco.com

Colorado Springs (Powers and Stetson Hills), (719) 247-2020, coloradosprings1@sedationdentistdenverco.com