How To Overcome Past Dental Experiences

December Special: Free sedation for new patients. Call (303) 323-8149 to schedule an appointment or for more information (some restrictions apply).

If you’ve had a bad experience at the dentist, as a child or an adult, it can be challenging to overcome the memory of the trauma.

The good news is that today’s dental techniques, materials, and equipment are far superior to those used decades ago. More importantly, our entire dental team is dedicated to providing the most comfortable, gentle dentistry possible, for every patient.

A great way to overcome a bad dental experience is to new, positive experiences, and the proper form of sedation dentistry can help provide those. Imagine going to the dentist, and your appointment and treatment are a breeze!

Well, thanks to the three types of sedation that we offer, that can happen, which means that you can receive the care you need, without feeling anxious.

Laughing Gas / Nitrous Oxide
For people with mild anxiety, nitrous oxide can be just the answer! There’s a reason it’s known as “laughing gas,” because it makes most patients feel relaxed, and perhaps giddy. We administer this type of sedation through a nosepiece during your dental treatment. When your dental treatment is completed, we give you fresh oxygen to help you feel alert again. Laughing gas can help you tolerate all types of dental treatments, including simple cleanings.

Oral Sedation
Oral sedation, which is also known as “conscious sedation” and “sleep dentistry” is the next highest level of sedation. With oral sedation, you take a pill before your dental appointment, and you essentially “sleep” through your treatment. Time passes quickly, and after your appointment, you have little or no memory of what happened.

IV Sedation
IV sedation, which is also known as “general anesthesia,” is the deepest form of sedation. The sedation is administered by a nurse anesthetist, through an IV that’s attached to your arm. The nurse anesthetist works closely with Dr. O’Leary or Dr. Peppler throughout your entire dental treatment.

With both oral sedation and IV sedation, your vital signs and oxygen levels are monitored during the full procedure.

For more information about our dental office, or to schedule an appointment, please call (303) 323-8149, or e-mail

Please make note: Our dental office is near C-470 and Quebec. If you live or work in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Centennial, Englewood, or Lone Tree, we’re a sedation dentist near you!