Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

Boulder County gentle dentist

If you are afraid of the dentist and have not had a check-up in years, today’s post is for you. Good news! Dentistry in the Lafayette area and around Colorado is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits
First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation – you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Gordon West for more critical details about sleep dentistry.

If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

You Won’t Be Here All Day
Dr. West can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We can take care of all your dental problems. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental problems from affecting other parts of your body.

Today’s Lafayette dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

We look forward to meeting you. Call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today at 720-862-3630.

6 Ways to Prepare for Your Dental Procedure

Some Steps To Prepare For Your Boulder Sedation Dentistry Visit

Perhaps dental sedation can be scary or the drilling of a cavity or even cosmetic dentistry. Let Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offer 6 ways to prepare yourself mentally, emotionally and physically before your big dental day.

First, remember Dr. Gordon West is trained to provide the best care and comfort possible.

Second, take some time to relax and consider what you are anxious about. Take deep breaths in and slowly let them out as you weigh the reasons for and against taking these steps to a better you. Remember that many folks have been in your shoes and everything worked out fine. Especially all of our visitors who came in for porcelain veneers, our most popular service.

Third, know your medical history. You may be asked to fill out a medical history and medications form, so be sure you know what medications and supplements you are currently taking and review past hospitalizations and illnesses.

Fourth, have a dental plan. Come in for a thorough consultation. If we know all the dental work or cosmetic dentistry you want to get done, then we’ll know if combining any of it can save you time and money. We offer sedation dentistry, prepless veneers, dental crowns, Invisalign clear braces, and teeth whitening to name just a few.

Fifth, trust the outstanding staff at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry to guide you through the before, during and after process. We’ve been doing this since 1998.

Sixth, our final and most important suggestion! Ask all the questions that you actually want answered before you have dental tools and gloved hands in your mouth!

Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado zip code 80026

Tooth Ache Pain The Size of Boulder

Boulder Sedation Dentistry Patients often come into our Lafayette Colorado dental practice and complain about ‘a toothache the size of Boulder’. I understand this kind of pain, and realize that when you describe it like that, it really hurts. I can help.

Tooth ache pain for anyone in Lafayette can be unbearable. At the very least, toothache pain can cause you to avoid eating certain foods, certain temperatures, and even talking. Severe toothache pain can be downright debilitating, forcing patients to go to extreme measures to alleviate the pain.  Sometimes the infection can be so advanced that not even the anesthetics will function, that is why sedation dentistry is so handy.

Around Lafayette, the most common causes of a tooth ache include tooth infection, decay, injury, and loss of a tooth. Tooth pain can also occur after a tooth has been extracted, or after an oral surgery involving anything from a tooth or your jawbone.

I can help you better understand the source of your tooth ache pain, and in most cases can provide a nearly immediate remedy. In severe cases, we are equipped to council you on a variety of resolutions.

Of course, the best way to avoid tooth ache pain is to visit your Lafayette dentist often, and to care properly for your teeth including the regular regimen of brushing and flossing.

If you are experiencing tooth ache pain, and just can’t stand it any more, please give me a call; I am standing by to help.

-Gordon West, DDS


Sedation Dentistry In Boulder County For Kids And Parents

Sedation Dentistry Boulder County

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we know that many Boulder County children fear going to the cosmetic dentist. I am Dr. Gordon West and my staff and I at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry want to make your child’s first visit to my Boulder County practice a positive experience. Regular dental check-ups from toddler age are an essential part of oral hygiene.

Parents can follow these guidelines to help prepare their child for a dental visit.

1. Talk about the exam with your child. Answer any questions with uncomplicated answers.
2. Don’t share your bad dental experiences with your child.
3. Don’t imply that the exam will be painful.
4. Help your child understand that this is an important part of staying healthy.
5. Don’t offer a reward for visiting the dentist.

It is important for parents to make sure they aren’t anxious about Boulder County dental visits because children can sense their stress.

At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we have been treating children and adults since 1998. Our professional, friendly staff can calm the nerves of a fearful child and help them have a gentle dental experience.

If you or your Boulder County child has had a bad dental experience or is unable to stay calm while visiting the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry. We want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving excellent dental care.

For simple dental procedures topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing oral sensation. If you require more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are safe solutions.

Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry also offers complete smile makeovers which may include dental implants, teeth whitening, dental veneers, or any other cosmetic dental procedures required. All of these can be done with some type of sedation if required.

Don’t let your fears or your child’s fears keep your child from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry today!

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Lafayette

Sedation Dentistry Keeps Patients Comfortable in Lafayette, CO

Pain isn’t fun. Your Lafayette, CO dentist knows this, and that is why the dental team at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce and even eliminate pain associated with different cosmetic dentistry procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in Lafayette, CO dentist offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue so they only numb the very surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to specific areas of the mouth. Lafayette, CO area dentists numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or before certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may necessitate the need for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sedation dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

It is very common for your dentist to recommend an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your Lafayette, CO cosmetic and sedation dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

I’m Dr. Gordon West and I want Lafayette, CO residents to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Lafayette area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact my office today at 720-862-3630. Our state-of-the-art dental care in a comfortable environment staff would be happy to talk to you about porcelain veneers, dental implants, dental crowns, and the other services we offer.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, CO 80026

Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

Dental Fear Boulder

Are you a busy Boulder resident suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? Have you started chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid your sensitive teeth? Have you stopped drinking hot and cold beverages to alleviate the discomfort? Dental pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket, ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Many Boulder adults and children dread seeking relief from a dentist because they fear the treatment will hurt worse than the pain they are experiencing. Waiting too long to care for your teeth can cause serious health problems–and not just in your mouth.

My name is Dr. Gordon West and I have been calming the anxious feelings of my Boulder patients since 1998. At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we help you relax and ease any discomfort you may have. We create a pleasant dental experience for all of our Boulder patients. If you have dental anxiety, Dr. Gordon West offers several solutions including sedation dentistry. We can also use anti-anxiety agents to quiet your fears and make your dental visit as safe and comfortable as possible.

In addition to sedation dentistry, Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and oral cancer screenings for Boulder residents.

Your smile can and should be your most attractive feature. Don’t let dental distress keep you from gaining and maintaining a dazzling smile. Let the professional and caring dental team at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry help restore and preserve your oral health. Call today to schedule a cosmetic dentistry appointment. Our phone number is 720-862-3630. At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry we want your smile to last a lifetime.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry Cosmetic Dentistry – A Reason To Smile

Cosmetic Dentistry Boulder County Hello friends of Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry! If you haven’t visited our blog in a while, we welcome you. It has been a great month at our state-of-the-art Boulder County cosmetic dentistry practice.

We continue to achieve fantastic results with our precision smile makeovers.

If you have never seen our photo gallery of actual Boulder County dentistry smile makeover patients, you are probably not aware of the limitless possibilities. There is virtually no dental problem that can’t be improved with modern cosmetic dentistry at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

Dr. Gordon West has been skillfully using the tools of cosmetic dentistry: veneers, porcelain crowns, teeth whitening, dental bridges, gum grafting, crown lengthening, and dental bonding to create unbelievably beautiful smiles. If you are not happy with your smile, call us at 720-862-3630 today to schedule a smile design consultation.

The vast majority of Boulder County smile makeover patients have absolutely no regrets about their investment in a stunning smile. There is no physical feature as eye-catching as an attractive smile. When your smile is phenomenal, you smile all the time!

Do you need a reason to smile? Consider a smile makeover from one of the top cosmetic and sedation dentists in the state. See https://www.bouldercountysmiles.com for more information and photos. We look forward to making your smile the best it can be!

Sedation Dentistry In Boulder

Lafayette sedation dentistry Many Boulder dentistry patients have discovered the benefits of anxiety-free dentistry (sometimes called sedation dentistry). There are three main types of sedation options available in the Boulder area.


Nitrous Oxide, sometimes called ‘laughing gas‘ has been used in Boulder cosmetic dentist offices for over a century, because, in many ways, it is an ideal sedative. It begins to work quickly, but then wears off as soon as the dental patient stops inhaling it. Breathing nitrous oxide can produce warm tingling sensations and a feeling of euphoria.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral sedatives take longer to work than nitrous, but produce a calmer state for many nervous dental patients. Triazolam and diazepam are common oral sedatives used in dentistry. These sedative medications are routinely prescribed by Boulder physicians for anxiety, insomnia, and muscle spasms.

Oral sedation is a good sedation choice for anxious patients who require a lengthy dental procedure. After the dental visit, it takes a while for the medication to wear off. A Boulder conscious sedation patient should not plan to drive home after undergoing oral sedation.

IV Sedation

Like nitrous, intra-venous sedation starts working immediately as the sedative enters the bloodstream. IV sedation usually produces the deepest state of relaxation. IV patients can dream away the entire procedure and wake up calm and relaxed.

To schedule a sedation consultation, call Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry at 720-862-3630. We have the answer for your dental anxiety.

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry

Hello Boulder dental blog visitors, welcome to the Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry blog. I am dentist Dr. Gordon West and I specialize in cosmetic dentistry and sedation dentistry.

A close friend of mine recently expressed fears about an upcoming dental procedure. She was anxious about the pain she might experience and worried about getting work off for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure. I assured her that painful dental procedures are a thing of the past with modern Boulder cosmetic dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, something like a root canal is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most dental procedures can be completed in one or two short office visits.

My friend’s dental anxiety was diminished when she knew what to expect. If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Boulder dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today. We are accepting new Boulder dentistry patients at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

My staff and I at Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry offer gum disease treatment, fast teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and all general and preventative dental procedures.

If you are interested in dental crowns or laser dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026

Sleep Dentistry At Gordon West D.D.S.

Sleep Dentistry Boulder

Dental visits can be extremely stressful and for some Boulder residents, the dental fear and anxiety associated with a trip to the dentist prevents them from getting the care they need. At Gordon West, DDS, we provide the best oral sedation dentistry available. We will accommodate your needs with minimal, moderate, or deep sedation.

Don’t let dental dread keep you from achieving a perfect smile.

According to a national survey by the American Dental Association, Crest, and Oral B, the smile is the number one physical trait. Don’t let your smile go unnoticed.

In addition to sedation dentistry, at Gordon West, DDS we offer our Boulder clients a variety of procedures, including dental implants, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, Invisalign invisible braces, and teeth whitening.

At Gordon West, DDS, our professional staff will provide the best possible care for you and your family. Whether you need preventive care or cosmetic dentistry, the one that builds trust team at Gordon West, DDS will give you something to smile about!

For more information on oral sedation dentistry or any other dental procedure, contact us at 720-862-3630.

We are located at 1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201 Lafayette, Colorado 80026.  Call today!

Dr. Gordon West
Gordon West DDS, Aesthetic & General Dentistry