Summit Dental Group
Dillon CO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Painless Dentistry

How can we help you?

At Summit Dental Group we are always available to answer your questions. We want our patients to be fully informed about important dental procedures and oral health issues, so we’ve listed several of the questions we hear most often. If you do not see the answer you’re looking for below, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (970) 468-2471.

Painless Dentistry

Making Your Visit Comfortable

Nitrous oxide – laughing gas – is a form of sedation that we use frequently at our Dillon dental office. We have helped many fearful patients get important dental treatment just by using laughing gas.

If you have mild or moderate dental anxiety, nitrous oxide may be the solution you’re looking for. It is a very mild form of sedation, and one of its advantages is that it has no adverse after-effects. Once treatment is finished, you will feel completely normal and be able to go about your normal activities.

How Does Laughing Gas Work?

Treatment using laughing gas is really very simple. Once we start administering the flow of gas, all you have to do is sit back and breathe. Very soon you will feel a great sense of calm and relaxation. Even though you will be awake enough to know where you are, the activity around you will recede into the background.

Ensuring Your Safety

It is a very safe form of sedation, and our professional team is fully trained in the proper use of nitrous oxide. You never have to worry that you’re not sedated enough, because a member of our team will be by your side to make sure you are completely comfortable.

Anxiety about visiting the dentist should not prevent you from taking care of your oral health. Please contact our Dillon dental office if you’d like more information about our sedation options.

Your Experience is Our Priority

At Summit Dental Group, we practice painless dentistry because we want to do everything to keep you as comfortable as possible. Having a dental crown placed does not hurt when it’s done by skilled professionals like Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin.

The Process of Getting a Crown

The process of getting a new crown is really not that complicated. It does take a few visits to our office, but that is because your crown is carefully created at a dental lab, so we have to wait for this part to be completed.

 When we prepare your tooth during the first appointment, we will numb the area so that you don’t feel anything. After that first visit, there usually is no need to use any anesthetic, but we certainly can if you are very sensitive.

Once the finished crown is placed, you will probably experience an odd sensation at first. This is only because the crown is a new fixture in your mouth, and it may take a day or two to get used to the feel of it.

Our doctors are very gentle and sensitive to your needs, and we will do everything to make sure you are comfortable throughout the process. If you would like more information about dental crowns and how they work, please give us a call!

At Summit Dental Group we are focused on making every visit to our office comfortable and stress-free. Our treatments are painless and efficient, which reduces discomfort and the time you need to spend in the dental chair. Your comfort and well-being are our primary focus, and all members of our team are trained to address your concerns with care and compassion.

Sources of Anxiety at the Dentist

Many people experience anxiety at the dentist because they feel a loss of control during their treatment. Being open about your concerns will make you feel better and help us adjust your treatment accordingly and take the necessary precautions to keep you comfortable.

Another common source of anxiety is the fear of gagging, or not being able to breathe. We suggest the use of a throat spray before treatment, which will help calm your gag reflex. If you’re worried about breathing, a simple solution is to breathe through your nose. If this is a problem, you can use a nasal strip to keep the air passage open.

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is also an excellent solution for many patients like you who would not normally be able to sit comfortably through a dental appointment. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can significantly reduce anxiety without putting you to sleep. We also offer oral sedation if you have greater anxiety.

We don’t want you to put off treatment because you are anxious or fearful. Please contact our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

If you get very anxious and stressed about visiting the dentist, we can assure you that you are not alone! Millions of people suffer from dental phobia, and some experience such severe anxiety that they completely avoid going to the dentist for any type of treatment.

Treatments for Anxiety at the Dentist

At our Dillon dental office, we are very sensitive about the concerns of our patients. We know that if you are fearful of dentists, one of the ways that we can help you is with kindness and compassion. It is our goal to help you see that we can build a trusting relationship that makes dental treatment seem less stressful.

We start building this trust by taking the time to talk to you about your anxiety. In many cases, opening up about their fear is a big help to our patients because they feel that their concerns are being taken seriously.

In any case, we can offer different types of sedation that will help you relax so you can get treatment without all the anxiety. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is often enough to keep you calm without any side effects. Depending on your situation, we can prescribe an anti-anxiety medication to help you relax.

If you’ve been putting off dental treatment due to dental anxiety, please call our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to work with you to help you get the treatment you need.

Your comfort is a top priority, and our goal at our Dillon, CO dental office is to offer our patients painless dentistry. If you suffer from fear or anxiety when you visit the dentist, one of the things we may suggest at Summit Dental Group to help you feel relaxed is using nitrous oxide during your dental procedures. This odorless gas is a sedative that is combined with oxygen and delivered through an inhalation mask that you wear during dental treatment. It's effects work quickly and also leave your system immediately when the mask is removed.

The nice thing about sedation with nitrous oxide is that its effects wear off right away when you're done with your procedure, so there's no lingering side effects and you can get back to your normal activities. Nitrous oxide is also safe for children to use during their dental appointments.

Nitrous oxide can be used during almost any type of procedure, so be sure to let Dr. Hilton or Dr. Marcincin know if you think you might benefit from using it during your dental treatment. Contact Summit Dental Group at (970) 468-2471 if you have questions about painless dentistry in Dillon or using nitrous oxide.

We Want to Make You Comfortable

First, you should know that, at Summit Dental Group, we are very sensitive to your anxiety! You are probably already upset about the prospect of losing a tooth, which is compounded by the fear of the procedure itself.

Our entire professional team is very caring and compassionate with all our patients, and especially those undergoing a complex procedure like tooth extraction. Feeling anxious is completely normal, and we’ve helped many patients like you get through the procedure with a minimum of stress and discomfort.

We Work With You

Before we schedule your extraction, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin will sit down with you to discuss your concerns. This way, we can better understand your anxiety and plan your treatment accordingly.

At that time, we will also discuss types of sedation we offer so that we can choose the one that will be most effective for you. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation are both effective methods, and we can often combine both for a totally stress-free experience.

Putting off tooth extraction because of fear and anxiety will only lead to worse problems with your oral health. Please contact our Summit dental office for more information about the ways we can help you get past your anxiety to get the treatment you need.

Root Canal Therapy | Dillon, CO | Summit Dental GroupIf you haven’t had a root canal in many years, you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy and stress-free the procedure really is. Using modern dental techniques, root canal treatment today is efficient and comfortable.

What Happens During a Root Canal

We know that nobody looks forward to having a root canal, but part of overcoming your fear may be as simple as understanding a bit more about why you need to have the procedure done. A root canal becomes necessary when a tooth has extensive decay that has penetrated the area where the root is located.

The inner portion of your tooth (the root canal) is home to nerves and tissue that become inflamed when decay is present. That is why most people experience severe pain as the primary symptom of an infected root canal.

In order to relieve the pain and save the tooth, Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin must remove the infected material to stop decay from spreading. If you put off treatment, the infection may damage the tooth beyond repair.

Obviously, putting off root canal treatment is not wise. If you are experiencing pain and think you may need a root canal, please contact our office as soon as possible. We will assess your situation and determine if a root canal is necessary.

Our Philosophy

We know that, from a child’s perspective, a visit to the dentist can be a pretty overwhelming event. They’re in a strange place with people they don’t know, surrounded by equipment that is scary just to look at.

But at Summit Dental, we take extra care with your child, because we don’t believe that a dental visit needs to be anything less than a positive, fun experience. There are already too many children and adults who did not get off to a good start with their dental care.

Making Your Child Comfortable

Our professional team will make your child feel special and welcome from the moment they arrive. We think it’s a good idea for you to bring your child in for a quick visit, just to see the office and meet our friendly staff. This way, when they’re ready for their first “official” visit, they’re at least familiar with the setting.

We always start your child’s visits off in a very conservative manner. During the first visit, we will just let your child sit in the dental chair or in your lap if they’re more comfortable. We can do a “pretend” exam of your teeth so they see there’s nothing to be afraid of.

At this point, they should be familiar with us and the surroundings. We go out of our way to make these visits fun, because a positive start leads to a lifetime of excellent oral health care. Please contact our Dillon dental office for more information about your child's first visit.

At our Summit Dental office, we believe that you should never put off dental treatment because of anxiety. First, you need to know that it is quite common to be nervous about dental visits. But it is simply not necessary to avoid important procedures, because we offer sedation options that will help keep you calm and relaxed during treatment.

Nitrous Oxide and the Benefits

For many patients, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is sufficient to help them relax during treatment. All you have to do is sit back and breathe normally. A member of our team will be by your side to make sure that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

One of the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation it does not “knock you out.” You will be conscious, but your senses will be dulled so that you are not aware of what is happening around you. Once we stop administering the gas, you will not feel any after-effects, and you will be able to return to your normal routine as soon as treatment is finished.

Oral Sedation Dentistry in Dillon

Oral conscious sedation is another option that we can choose if you have a more intense level of anxiety. Dr. Hilton or Dr. Marcincin will prescribe a mild sedative that you take before you get to our office so that you arrive feeling calm and relaxed. We can combine oral sedation with nitrous oxide for a completely stress-free experience.

If you’re worried about upcoming treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact our Dillon dental office. We will be happy to discuss your concerns and decide which sedation option is best for you.

Our Expertise

We offer a number of oral surgery options including tooth extraction, gum surgery, and dental bone grafting. Both Dr. Hilton and Dr. Marcincin are very skilled at performing surgical procedures and will do everything possible to make sure you are comfortable.

Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction can be a scary proposition for most people. We completely understand that you may be anxious about the procedure, and all member of our team are trained to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible

Gum Surgery

Gum surgery is necessary when periodontal disease is very advanced and threatens the health of your gums and teeth. With severe gum disease, pockets form around your teeth causing them to feel loose. These pockets also provide a space for bacteria to thrive and threaten your oral health. After gum surgery, the gum tissue has a chance to heal and fit snugly around your gums.

Bone Grafting

We perform bone grafting when you’ve lost a tooth and the absence of the root causes the gum to collapse. This not only looks bad, but it can lead to further deterioration of the bone. We also use bone grafting in preparation for placement of a dental implant when there is not enough existing bone to support the implant.

Our Promise to You

You can be assured that no matter what type of oral surgery you need, the Summit Dental Group team will be there to support you through the entire process. Your comfort is our top priority! Contact us today to learn more about oral surgery and your options for sedation dentistry. 

What To Expect From Your Experience?

Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is the mildest forms of sedation we offer. One of its many benefits is that it has no lingering after-effects.

At Summit Dental Group, all members of our team are sensitive to your fears, but avoiding dental treatment because of anxiety is never a good idea. We want to make it easy for you to get the help you need so that you can enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Nitrous oxide helps many people because it is gentle, but provides enough sedation to reduce your anxiety during dental procedures. It is easy to administer – you just have to breathe through a small mask and relax.

A member of our team will be by your side to monitor the flow of gas to make sure that you remain calm for the duration of your treatment. You don’t have to worry that you will be “knocked out,” because nitrous oxide just makes you feel very relaxed and unaffected by what’s happening around you.

As soon as we stop the gas, you will feel completely normal and able to go about your daily activities without feeling groggy. Using sedation methods like nitrous oxide, there really is no reason for you to postpone important treatment because of anxiety. Please call our Dillon dental office, and we will be happy to talk to you about the benefits of painless dentistry.

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