Sedation Dentistry

Dr. Paul Cavanaugh provides sedation dentistry for patients who suffer from a fear of the dentist or dental anxiety. Dental anxiety prevents people from getting the care they need and is one of the leading factors in poor oral health.

Patients may have a fear of pain, injections, or loud noises. Contact our Colorado Springs dental office at 719-528-1711 if you or a loved one suffer from dental fear or anxiety. Our friendly office staff will discuss your treatment options and help make you feel at ease. You may also request an appointment with us online.


Undergoing sedation dentistry solutions for dental procedures offers patients multiple benefits. Sedation dentistry:

  • Enhances the effectiveness of local anesthetic
  • Provides a faster treatment time
  • Decreases the gag reflex
  • Alleviates anxiety
  • Eliminates joint and muscle soreness
  • Allows more treatments can be performed in fewer visits


Also known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is delivered via a small cannula placed over the nose for direct inhalation. It will take effect quickly and wears off as soon as the cannula is removed, enabling patients to drive themselves home.

The nitrous oxide will not put you to sleep but will put you in a deep state of relaxation. You will be able to communicate with the dental staff and respond to basic commands. This type of sedation offers several key benefits beyond enabling you to achieve your oral health goals without pain.


Communication: While it can be challenging to speak about concerns and fears with a stranger, Dr. Cavanaugh can take additional precautions during visits if fears and anxiety are conveyed. That way, we may identify the root cause of your anxiety and can work to alleviate these types of problems. You may also let us know the extent and depth of treatment plan explanations you require.

Bring a portable music player: Music will act as a relaxant as well as drowns out any fear-producing sounds. Hearing some soothing music throughout this visit will lower anxiousness.

Use a throat spray: Throat sprays may actually control the gag reflex. Two or three sprays will often keep the reflex in check for about one hour.

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