Have Trouble Keeping Mouth Open: Sedation Can Help
Do you have trouble keeping your mouth open during your dental visits, for short or long periods of time? If so, we are here to help you. We are one of the few dental offices in the Denver metro area (or all of Colorado, for that matter) that offer three levels of sedation. And sedation dentistry can really make dental visits much easier!
Some patients struggle to keep their mouths open due to:
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 very 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 to 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 3D imaging dental X-rays. Sedation is also helpful for those who have disabilities or if you are making an appointment for a loved one who is experiencing disabilities.
With a 3D X-ray, nothing is placed on the inside of your mouth. You simply bite down on a stick and the scanner goes around your head capturing your entire mouth in a single image. This type of X-ray is much easier to tolerate than traditional X-rays that require you to open wide several times, while multiple X-ray films are placed into your mouth.
Please call our office if you have any questions and/or would like to schedule an appointment, (303) 323-8149, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also learn more by visiting our patient review page for Meadows Dental Group.
Please note: Our dental office is off C-470 and Quebec, between Highlands Ranch and Park Meadows Mall. We’re in Lone Tree, which is near: Denver, southeast Aurora, Littleton, Englewood, and Centennial.