We understand that not everyone loves to come to the dentist. At our office, we are able to provide safe sedation options to patients who are nervous about treatment. Oral and inhalation (laughing gas) sedation are safe and effective options for both adults and children.
Inhaled minimal sedation.
This is a method you may be familiar with. The patient breathes nitrous oxide, otherwise known as "laughing gas,” combined with oxygen through a mask that's placed over the nose. The gas leaves you awake, but completely relaxed. The dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.
Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill, usually taken about an hour before the procedure. The pill will make you drowsy, although you'll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation. This is the type of anesthesia most commonly associated with sedation dentistry.