Sedation in our office is used to describe semi-conscious state that allows patients to be comfortable during certain dental procedures. Patients that require full sedation will be referred to a specialist who can help facilitate the necessary care needed.
Nitrous oxide is a safe gas mixture that is inhaled through a nose hood during the procedure. It will induce a relaxing feeling and send you into a dream-like state. A local anesthetic will be used in conjunction to provide pain relief. Nitrous oxide wears off within 10 minutes after the procedure and allows for quick recovery.
Oral Sedatives are prescribed anxiety medications taken orally one hour prior to your appointment and relax you. Dependent on dosage and type the sedative effect can last 2-6 hours after your procedure and will require a caretaker to monitor you to and from your appointment. As oral sedatives are not pain relievers, a local anesthetic will also be used.
Not all patients are candidates for sedation based on physical health and some medications. A thorough health review will determine your eligibility.