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Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is used to relax patients during dental procedures. Patient will be conscious while taking laughing gas, but because it’s a gas, it wears off very quickly once you stop breathing it in. Patients who only receive laughing gas as a sedative are often allowed to drive themselves home after a procedure.
Prior to treatment, patients are given an oral sedative to encourage relaxation. Your dentist may recommend taking this pill the night prior to your visit or up to an hour before your procedure. Often, patients under oral sedation cannot recall details of their procedure. If you move forward with this treatment option, you will need to arrange a ride to and from our office.
This type of sedation places patients in a state of deep relaxation, but they can still respond to directions or questions during treatment. During your procedure, your dentist can adjust the amount of sedation you receive. If you want to undergo IV sedation, we can refer you to specialists who does deep sedation.
Frequently asked questions
Children with severe dental anxiety, dental phobias, or who aren’t able to sit for the procedure may benefit from sedation dentistry. However, parents should consult with both their child’s dentist and their pediatrician before making a decision.
Patients who are obese or have obstructive sleep apnea should consult with both their dentist and their family doctor before making a decision.
If you or your child experiences any unusual or unexpected reactions, you should contact our office immediately at (250) 391-6490. If our office is closed, proceed to your nearest drop-in clinic or emergency room.
A good rule of thumb is to allow a full 24 hours after the procedure for the full effects of dental sedation to wear off.
Dentists use a combination of sedation and anesthetic to keep you relaxed and pain-free throughout your procedure. Many patients leave the appointment with little to no memory of their treatment and feel good afterward.
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