(For Adults and Children)
A significant number of people do not visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry offers an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
Whatever the form of sedative, it is essential to be accompanied by a caregiver. At our office we provide two forms of sedation - Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and Oral sedation.
Before administering sedation, the dentist must analyze the full medical history of the patient, taking note of any current medications. Depending upon a patient's medical history, we will determine if sedation is a safe option for you.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”, is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. On some occasions, nitrous oixde may cause nausea. For this reason, most dentists suggest only minimal to no food intake prior to the appointment.
Oral medication (pill or liquid form) is provided prior to treatment in order to induce a state of sedation Oral sedatives often induce sleepiness and dull the senses. This means that most patients cannot remember anything associated with the procedure. Usually, a dose of medication is taken one hour prior to the appointment. Your vitals signs will be monitored throughout the procedure.