For patients that are anxious to have dental treatment or prefer a more relaxing experience, dental sedation options can prove helpful.
In our office we are happy to offer our patients nitrous oxide or minimal sedation with oral medications.
Nitrous oxide (AKA “laughing gas”) can be administered safely to most children and adults by our expert team. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through the nose and the level of relaxation achieved can be tailored to your needs or preferences. When the dental treatment is done, the nitrous oxide gas is removed from your system by breathing 100% oxygen for a short period of time which allows you to resume your normal daily tasks and responsibilities unimpaired.
If more relaxation is desired, you can discuss the option to have a prescription medication provided to you prior to your dental appointment. This is also known as minimal oral sedation or anxiolysis. If you are approved by your dentist or doctor to have this type of sedation you will need a companion to escort you to and from your dental appointment as the duration of the effects caused by the medication can stay with you even after dental treatments are completed. It is important to note that it is not safe to drive while taking anxiolytic prescription medications.
If a deeper level of sedation is preferred or is necessary to complete your dental treatments, your dentist may discuss a referral to a specialist or provider who can offer IV sedation or general anesthesia.