Sedation dentistry refers to the use of prescription medication to help reduce anxiety during dental procedures. We listen to and understand the concerns and apprehensions of our patients regarding their dental treatment and work to develop a plan to help them feel comfortable and relaxed. We offer minimal inhaled sedation using nitrous oxide gas at our practice. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas in common terms, is a mild sedative that induces a stress-free state.
Patients are made to inhale a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide with the help of a mask placed over the nose. We can control the amount of sedation during the procedure. You will feel relaxed and light-headed under the influence of the gas and the effects will subside immediately after the gas is switched off. There is little or no hangover effect and you can go on with your daily activities after the procedure.
In order to help control the sensation of pain during dental procedures, we make use of local anesthesia. Anesthesia is injected at the site of treatment before starting the procedure. It numbs the nerves in that area, so that you don’t feel any pain. The anesthetic wears off sometime after the procedure is over. If pain persists, we will prescribe oral medication to control it.