The dental industry has advanced tremendously in the last few years, but anxiety and fear of undergoing a dental procedure still hinders many people from making appointments for regular dental cleanings and exams. For this reason, Dr. Justin Becerra provides oral-conscious sedation to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during your appointment. Anti-anxiety medications can be prescribed to be taken prior to your appointment, so you will be in a relaxed state of mind but still capable of following directions. For more information about oral-conscious sedation and your dental treatments and services at Alpine Dental Arts, request a consult at our Lakewood, CO dental office.
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"If you’ve ever felt anxiety about going to the dentist - look no more! Alpine Dental Arts provides a dentist, Justin Becerra, DDS, and staff that will ease your worries! My husband and I had been discussing changing our dentist. A friend of our family was insistent that we give her dentist a try, because her entire family was so impressed with them. My husband and I decided to give Alpine Dental Arts a try, and we actually signed up with a new dental plan to make that happen.We were NOT disappointed ~ Dr Becerra and his staff are amazing! We all know how important the front desk is for first impressions and accommodations. Ramona and Kathy are very welcoming to each and every client, greeting them by name. They are very knowledgeable on dental procedures, and are always willing to assist with all insurance needs. They share a great sense of humor, as does the entire staff, which always helps to make you feel a little more relaxed and comfortable, especially in a dental office.I had the pleasure of having my first 6 month checkup/cleaning done by Crystal. She did a fabulous job with cleaning my teeth, and I told her that she was the first hygienist to clean my teeth without any discomfort. After my cleanings, I leave their office feeling like I had not been to the dentist. Crystal is very professional, does a great job as a hygienist, and is very calming. I have not had the pleasure of working with Joan, but I’m sure she is just as accommodating and professional.Then there is Barb, who has totally turned my life around with a beautiful smile! She accomplished this without me having to go through expensive braces or invasive procedures. I’m 65, and had pretty much planned on dealing with my teeth as they were from here on out. Over the years, they had turned yellow, and it was difficult for me to smile when having my picture taken. The tops of my front lower teeth had been chiseled away by my teeth grinding. I had two upper, pointed canines that had open spaces between nearby teeth. I finally decided to have my teeth whitened professionally, since the over the counter products didn’t seem to do the job. Barb was so patient and explained the whitening process very thoroughly. During my followup visit, she suggested I might be interested in having some bonding work done on the above mentioned problem areas. I wasn’t even aware of such procedures. She actually performed a quick sample of the procedure on my teeth so I would have an idea of what it would look like (before and after). Needless to say, I had the procedures done by Barb, at a low cost. She was very careful, and it was obvious she is a perfectionist. She wanted everything placed perfectly and shining. It was a very simple and quick procedure, with no pain, and no novocaine. It did wonders for my self-esteem!The newest member of the team, Justin Becerra, DDS, replaced the previous and wonderful Steven Anundsen, DDS (who retired). Dr Becerra is amazing as well. Both my husband and I felt very comfortable with Dr Becerra, and both agreed that he is definitely well educated in his field. He kept the incredible staff, which was encouraging to their clients, right from the start. He is very professional, and joins the entire staff with the ability to enlighten your day. Kudos to Alpine Dental Arts!"- C.D. / Google / Sep 06, 2018
In general, oral-conscious sedation can help both adults and children who have fears and anxieties about going to the dentist. Prior to being given a medication for oral-conscious sedation, Dr. Becerra will need to complete a thorough consultation to determine if you're an ideal candidate. He will review your current medications and medical history to be sure you are safe to take sedation medication, and also to determine which product will be best for your needs. Oral-sedation might not be a good option if you have respiratory or heart problems, are expecting, or have had an allergic reaction to benzodiazepines.
What To Expect
There are several types of sedation medications that can be used. The medication chosen by Dr. Becerra will depend on you, your level of anxiety, your overall health, what dental work is taking place, as well as the estimated amount of time your appointment will take. Your oral-conscious sedation medication will be prescribed during your consultation so that you can fill it prior to your procedure. Since you will need to take it before arriving, you will need to plan for a reliable adult take you to our practice. If you have chosen light oral-conscious sedation, you'll remain at ease but will still be conscious and aware. With moderate sedation, you'll also be conscious, but your recollection will start to get a bit spotty. You may drift off to sleep, but should wake up easily.
Recovery will depend on the type of medication administered for the procedure. Regardless, you will need a ride home and for someone to stay with you for up to four hours. You won't be capable of driving a car until the following day after you've had the chance to sleep off the medication. Dr. Becerra will speak with you during your consult about the potential side effects of the specific medication prescribed for you. Commonly, patients report headaches, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting after receiving oral-conscious sedation. The threat of vomiting and/or nausea can be minimized by consuming a light meal prior to your appointment and having a snack about an hour following your procedure. Please call our team if you experience lingering side effects or if you have questions after your procedure.
If you carry dental insurance, our office will contact your carrier to check your coverage regarding oral-conscious sedation options. After gathering your information, we will be better able to calculate your out-of-pocket costs. For those who do not have dental insurance, Dr. Becerra or a member of his team can go over the payment options accepted by our office that include medical financing to help make your sedation and treatment fit your budget.
Stop avoiding the dentist because of fear or anxiety with oral-conscious sedation at Alpine Dental Arts. Schedule a consultation with Lakewood, CO Dr. Becerra to learn more about your options for sedation. It will keep you comfortable and relaxed during dental procedures of a routine or advanced nature. Dr. Becerra will be able to help you find your best options so your visit to Alpine Dental Arts is an enjoyable experience.