Also known as “laughing gas”, this method of mild sedation allows you to feel more relaxed during dental procedures. You will feel more relaxed, but will still be awake and responsive. One of the main benefits of nitrous oxide is that the level of gas given can be easily changed depending on how relaxed you feel. The sedation effects are also gone within 10-15 minutes of removing the nitrous mask from your nose, so you can go about your daily tasks when you leave our office and do not need a driver.
Our office provides oral sedation with several different types of medication, one of which will be selected based on your health, age, dental treatment plan, and desired effect. Nitrous oxide can be administered in addition to the oral sedative if indicated. You will take the medication approximately one hour prior to dental treatment. Most oral sedation patients report feeling very relaxed and do not remember much of what happens during their appointment. The level of sedation reached is almost always higher than that reached with nitrous oxide alone. If you are prescribed an oral sedative, you will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you to and from your dental appointments, as well as someone to stay with you until the effects of the sedative have worn off.