Nitrous Oxide and Conscious Sedation

What levels of sedation are available to me and how are they administered?

  • Inhalation — Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is the most frequently used method for easing mild to moderate anxiety. Recovery is quick so you can resume your normal activities immediately.
  • Oral — An extremely common technique for dental sedation is oral sedation. It is easy and does not require the use of needles. You will be given a prescription pill which, taken about an hour before your appointment, will have you fully relaxed by the time you arrive at our office.

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

  • Increase patient comfort and enjoyment
  • Safe and effective
  • Short recovery time
  • Short duration of onset
  • Easy to administer

Conscious Oral Sedation 

Conscious sedation via oral sedatives is a great way to make dental appointments more comfortable for someone who is apprehensive of dental treatment. Conscious sedation has the benefit of being able to take a pill instead of receiving the medicine through an IV. You will be awake, but very sleepy and the effects wear off in a few hours!


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