There are a number of patients that have a great fear of going to the dentist, believing that their visit will result in pain and worry, so they’d rather not go. Thankfully, our office can accommodate these fears with the help of sedation dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide sedation is commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” This type of sedation is a mixture of gas and oxygen calmly inhaled through a mask placed over your nose. The effects are relaxing. Your doctor will determine the amount of nitrous oxide necessary, as some of us may require less or more than others. Rest assured, you will have an adequate supply. This is the only form of sedation that allows you to operate a motor vehicle after your procedure, as nitrous oxide wears off rather quickly.
Oral Sedation is received by way of a pill. This pill is taken one hour prior to your procedure and contains a dosage determined by your doctor. It induces a feeling of drowsiness, and it’s not uncommon to have some patients fall completely asleep from being groggy. Oral sedation yields two main benefits: having little to NO recollection of your procedure and NO needles!
IV and Oral Sedation share similarities in that they are considered a moderate level of sedation. Pain and anxiety are essentially eliminated, putting you in a state of unawareness. Your level of sedation will be closely monitored by your doctor to sustain comfort. You will feel the impact of IV Sedation immediately and have no memory of your procedure.