Sedative Dentistry

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Many people are in desperate need of dental service but are too afraid to go to the dentist. For those, conscious sedation offers a safe and pain-free experience. Conscious sedation creates the most relaxed and comfortable appointment possible, while the patient remains awake and conscious.

Nitrous Oxide

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 has. 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. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

Advantage of Sedation

The treatment can be accomplished in minimal visits with no pain and little memory of this experience.
Minimal complication and cost compared to IV or general anesthesia.

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Who is a Candidate for Conscious Sedation?

  • Persons with severe gag responses
  • Anxious, phobic, fearful patients
  • Those who are local anesthetic resistant
  • Patients with time constraints
  • Complex restorative patients
  • Post-operative pain-sensitive patients