Northern Colorado Periodontics

Sedation Dentistry: A Wide Range of Options to Improve Comfort During Treatments


Many people are fearful of going to the dentist. While Dr. Shumaker and Dr. Allen strive to provide care in a comfortable and pain-free environment, he recognizes that some patient’s bad past experiences and fears cannot always be dispelled.

Fortunately, as an office well-trained and equipped in sedation dentistry, we offer several anesthetic options in our office to make your visit pleasant and smooth:

  • Traditional local anesthetic: The doctors pride themselves on his local anesthetic techniques which provide profound and predictable numbness using the latest local anesthetics. Our saying is we treat no gum before it’s numb! So, rest assured that your comfort is our primary goal.
  • NuCalm: We are excited to offer this cutting-edge, all-natural technique to help calm and relax you during your visit. NuCalm is a natural alternative to other relaxation methods. While NuCalm is not sedation, it inhibits your fight or flight response and allows to stay relaxed and comfortable during your visit with no side effects. After a procedure with NuCalm you can drive, go back to work, and feel completely normal having just experienced a great dental visit. Check it out at
  • Nitrous Oxide (anxiolysis): our team offers nitrous oxide for procedures to reduce anxiety and make your visit less stressful.
  • Oral sedation (anxiolysis): our doctors can prescribe an oral medication (pill) to be taken before your appointment to reduce anxiety and create a state of calm. This safe and effective technique provides light sedation for those who desire it. When using this technique the patient cannot drive a car and must have an escort bring them to and from the procedure. Normal diet and medications can be maintained.
  • IV sedation: Dr. Shumaker is trained and certified to provide intravenous conscious sedation to produce a calm and anxiety-free state for the most fearful patients. This safe and effective procedure involves starting an IV in your arm, giving medications to make you groggy and sleepy so you can have your procedure completed without anxiety. When using this technique the patient cannot drive a car and must have an escort bring them to and from the procedure. Patients may not eat or drink 6-8 hours prior to the procedure and certain medications may need to be held. The doctors will discuss the details for your specific case at your consultation appointment.

Whatever option you choose, rest assured that Northern Colorado Periodontics want your visit to be positive and pain-free. For more information contact our office at 970-207-4061, or ask your general dentist for a referral.

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    Fort Collins Office

    (970) 207-4061

    Fax Number

    (970) 207-0051

    Greeley Office

    3400 W 16th St
    Ste 5X
    Greeley, CO 80634

    Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

    More Info Directions (970) 714-2201

    Fort Collins Office

    4033 Boardwalk Dr
    Ste 100
    Fort Collins, CO 80525

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