Sedation Dentistry

dental-exam1) NITROUS OXIDE

Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas. It is used to provide conscious sedation during the dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps anxious patients relax during their dental procedure. Patients are still conscious and are able to talk to their dentist during their visit. When treatment is completed, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is given for 5 to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining nitrous. It rarely had side effects and wears off almost immediately.

2) CONSCIOUS SEDATION

Conscious sedation is an oral prescription medication that induces a drowsy, relaxed sensation. This facilitates in creating a safe and comfortable dental experience especially for patients with dental fear and anxiety. Nitrous oxide gas inhalation may be used in conjunction with conscious sedation to enhance the therapeutic effect. The patient’s vital signs are constantly monitored and recorded during the sedation.