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Sedation Dentistry / Laughing Gas

Because our mouths have a special place in our psyche it isn’t surprising that one of the most common sources of anxiety in our society is the thought of having dental treatment done.

The sounds, sights and even the smells of the dental office can cause significant stress and anxiety for many. Those who suffer from a fear of the dentist and others who require extensive dental treatment may benefit from sedation. Sedation dentistry will allow you to have a completely relaxing, stress free and pleasant dental experience.

Types of sedation:

Nitrous Oxide Sedation: otherwise known as “laughing gas” is combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. This mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas wears off quickly.

Oral Sedation: Depending on the total dose given, oral sedation can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, you take a pill an hour before your procedure to allow the effects of the medication to start. The pill will make you drowsy, although you’ll still be awake. A larger dose may be given to produce moderate sedation.

IV Conscious Sedation: You receive the sedative drug through an IV, so the effects of the drug works more quickly. This method allows the dentist to continually adjust the level of sedation with the help of a nurse.

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