Through your pre-treatment consultation, we will evaluate your dental history, your anxiety levels, and other health factors. For some patients, oral sedatives may pose certain risks; therefore, it is very important for us to know about medical conditions that may be adversely affected by sedation medications. After addressing all of these concerns, you and your dentist will decide what type of sedative and dosage will be best suited for your needs.
When oral sedatives are used, it becomes unsafe for the patient to operate a motor vehicle. You will require assistance to and from our office from either a family member or friend on the day of your appointment. Also, since the effects of sedation may vary from patient to patient, it is important to have someone with you for at least 12 hours after the appointment, to ensure that the sedative is wearing off properly and that you are in a safe environment.
Deciding if oral sedation is right for you involves addressing many factors before reaching a decision. We will take you through every step of the procedure – from the day before treatment to the moment you head back home – during your pre-treatment consultation.
Commonly referred to as ‘laughing gas,’ nitrous oxide is administered by our team through a mask placed directly over your nose. The nitrous-oxide gas helps you relax but does not cause the patient to fall asleep. Nitrous oxide is considered light sedation and is especially helpful for extremely anxious patients. The sedative begins to work very quickly, usually within just a few minutes. The amount of sedation can be directly controlled, and because the effects wear off shortly after the mask is removed, many people are able to drive home themselves after completing their procedure.