Oral sedation provides a safe, effective way to alleviate dental anxiety and provide patients with the treatment they need.
Many patients of all ages are apprehensive about receiving dental treatment, often avoiding visiting the dentist. Ultimately, this avoidance can lead to advanced disease and the need for expensive treatments that could have been avoided.
Oral sedation makes use of a prescription medication that induces a drowsy, relaxed feeling. Due to the relaxing effects of the medication, many patients have little to no memory of their dental visit.
Oral sedation is an excellent method of treatment for patients who have any of the following concerns:
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option we offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.