Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Commonly known as "laughing gas." Nitrous oxide is used to provide patient comfort and relieve anxitey for patients of all ages. Nitrous oxide along with oxygen is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose. The effects of nitrous only when are in effect when it is administered. Patients can go about their activities after the procedure.
For those patients with mild dental anxiety, an oral sedative is give to patient 1 hour prior to treatment to alleviate patient’s anxiety. Level of sedation is not as predictable IV sedation and is dependent of the individual.
For those patients requiring a higher level of sedation, IV sedation can be administer for their dental treatment. It is a form of conscious sedation. A small plastic catheter is inserted into your vein in the arm or hand. The medication is then give to make patient more relaxed. Patients are monitored throughout the sedation appointment. All aspects of dental can be preformed under sedation.
Patients may want sedation for:
- Moderate to severe dental anxiety
- Severe gag reflex
- Issues achieving proper dental anesthesia ("Freezing")
- Limitations in keeping their mouth open during a dental procedure
- Mental disabilities
- Limitations in time (work treatment can be done in one appointment vs several appointments)