Sedation dentistry uses anti-anxiety and other sedative medications to complete dental procedures. Sedation can be used to help patients relax during treatment and each type of sedation has different effects. We offer our patients three types of sedation.
Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is administered through a comfortable mask. You will continuously inhale nitrous oxide throughout the procedure to maintain relaxation. Our doctors can safely control the level of sedation so that you can communicate and follow instructions, remaining fully alert but calm. Nitrous oxide will enter and leave your system very quickly.
Oral conscious sedation requires you to take a prescription anti-anxiety medication prior to your procedure. You may experience light or moderate sedative effects, depending on the dose taken. You will remain awake during treatment, but will typically remember very little about the procedure.
Depending on your unique circumstances, you may take your oral sedative as early as the night before your procedure or just 30 minutes to an hour prior. You can discuss what dosage, amount, and time would be best with your doctor during your consultation.