Sedation is usually used in dentistry when patients suffer from dental phobia, for extensive dental procedures or when patients have low pain tolerance, physical handicaps or a strong gag reflex.
Sedation may include laughing gas, oral sedation, iv sedation or general anesthesia.
Laughing gas or nitrous is a mild sedative that uses nitrous oxide gas with oxygen as a mixture. The patient is conscious and can talk to the dentist during the treatment. It has a calming effect that relaxes anxious patients. Nitrous is switched off after treatment and the patient is given oxygen for 5-10 minutes to flush any remaining gas. The effects of nitrous wear off almost immediately. It very rarely has side effects like mild nausea. You may be asked to avoid a heavy meal 2 hours prior to the procedure. Your dentist will provide you with pre- and post-op instructions.
Some patients may need deeper sedation than nitrous to help them relax. This method of conscious sedation uses sedation techniques that still keep you awake but very comfortable during treatment. A thorough medical history will be taken prior to this appointment so that the proper sedative may be given to you. You will be asked to be accompanied by someone to the clinic and to take you home. Before the procedure your vital signs will be monitored and your level of sedation evaluated.
Our highly trained staff will make this visit as stress-free as possible.