Sedation Dentistry

We utilize sedation dentistry for various in-house services. Our aim is to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during any dental treatment.

Sedation Dentistry
in Grand Junction, CO

Dental sedation helps relieve pain and anxiety associated with dental procedures, making the experience more comfortable. Sedation also allows our team to work more efficiently. We offer nitrous oxide, known as laughing gas, and minimal sedation, also known as oral conscious sedation.

A consultation is required before minimal sedation appointments to confirm medical history and discuss policies and procedures. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have, at this time. A driver is required to take patients to and from minimal sedation appointments, so it is beneficial for them to come to the consultation as well.

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Bookcliff Family Dental's
Sedation Dentist

Dr. Ryan Helgerson of Bookcliff Family Dental

Dr. Ryan Helgerson


Dr. Ryan Helgerson takes pride in delivering superior care to the people of Grand Junction and the surrounding areas. When it comes to minimal sedation, he has completed continuing education courses and stays up to date on the latest and best services available.

Dental Sedation Options
at Bookcliff Family Dental

Nitrous (laughing gas) is a safe and effective sedation technique that is quickly administered through a patient’s nose. After inhaling the gas, you will feel a sense of relaxation and a reduction in sensation. The effects of the sedation will end approximately five minutes after the procedure is complete. This makes nitrous oxide an ideal choice for those who need to drive to and from their appointment without any worries.

Minimal Sedation, or Oral Sedation, is a type of sedation that provides you with a more relaxed andfuzzy experience during their appointment. You will take medication anywhere from 12 hours to 1 hour before the appointment. By the time of the appointment, you will be awake, but very sleepy and will have no sensation of pain. This method of sedation is slightly more potent and is usually only available to generally healthy people who have a driver to take them to and from the appointment.

How Much Does Sedation Dentistry Cost?

We are committed to providing excellent, affordable dental care to our patients in Grand Junction, CO. We understand that cost can be a concern when considering dental sedation, and so we offer personalized out-of-pocket estimates for your specific procedure. These estimates take into account the type of sedation and your insurance coverage at the time of the procedure. Contact us today to discuss your individual treatment options.

  • Nitrous Sedation (laughing gas): $85
  • Minimal Sedation: $325

Minimal Sedation FAQ

  • Can I work the same day?

    No, you will need to take the day off. Minimal sedation medications can cause drowsiness and impair your ability to think and react.

  • Can treatment be completed in one appointment?

    Each patient has a unique situation that causes treatment times to vary. However, minimal sedation allows us to complete more work at a time.

  • What restrictions do I have after receiving minimal sedation?

    If you receive sedation, there are certain restrictions you should be aware of. The most important restriction is that you should not drive the day you receive sedation. Additionally, you should not go up or down stairs or make any important decisions.


More Questions?

If you have more questions about dental sedation and the procedures used by Bookcliff Family Dental, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further.

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Bookcliff Family Dental

2478 Patterson Rd Ste 3
Grand Junction, CO 81505
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(970) 245-9570

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