Oral conscious sedation is a great option for people with moderate to severe levels of dental anxiety. About an hour prior to treatment, patients will take a prescribed sedative pill. In about half an hour, they should begin to feel relaxed. Because of the deep sedative effects of these medications, patients will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from our office. During treatment, patients remain awake and able to respond to questions, but they feel very relaxed and experience extreme reduction in pain sensation. That makes oral conscious sedation a great option for patients who have difficulty numbing with local anesthesia and those who want to complete numerous or complex treatments in a single visit.
Nitrous oxide has been used in dental and medical treatment for more than 100 years. The reason this treatment option remains popular today is that the effects take hold quickly and wear off almost immediately. That means you can go right back to your daily routine after your visit. No need to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the office or take the whole day off of work and school. Instead, patients inhale nitrous oxide through a nasal mask. Within a few seconds, they feel relaxed and a bit euphoric, which earned nitrous oxide its nickname, laughing gas. We can adjust the dosage quickly throughout treatment to keep patients comfortable. Following your procedure, you can go right back to your daily routine without missing a beat.