Keep calm and get your dental procedure.
Types of Sedation
NITROUS OXIDE AKA LAUGHING GAS
A colorless and odorless gas, nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas” has been a staple of dentistry for decades. When inhaled, the gas gives one a euphoric or happy feeling, while acting as a pain inhibitor.
During treatment, nitrous oxide and oxygen are fed directly into your airway. Once the procedure has ended, the mask is removed and the effects of the gas gradually decrease over the next few minutes.
After just a few minutes, you will feel normal and patients can drive themselves home after the procedure.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Another treatment option is oral conscious or pill-based sedation. This procedure requires more time as you must arrive an hour before treatment, and introduces a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide. You may even fall asleep during the procedure.
Because of the level of sedation, patients that undergo this procedure may not drive for several hours, so plan accordingly if you do choose this method of treatment.
More Benefits of Sedation Dentistry
Sedation can help reduce feelings of anxiety, discomfort and general fear that sometime accompany dental procedures. Because of this, sedation can help to make treatment go smoother for some patients.
Another common fear is that of needles and sedation has proven to be quite effective for some patients that have this fear.