Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a chemical compound of two gasses found heavily in our atmosphere: nitrogen and oxygen. At room temperature, nitrous oxide is a colorless gas with a slightly sweet-smelling odor and taste. When inhaled, nitrous oxide leads individuals to a state of euphoria, great happiness, and well-being.
Nitrous oxide is the least potent sedation dentistry option that we offer and is ideal for those who want to pick up right where they left off after their dental appointment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Our sedation dentists offer oral conscious sedation as a prescription medicine before dental treatment. Typically, oral conscious sedation drugs make patients feel drowsy or sleepy (which is why it’s nicknamed “sleep dentistry”) but still able to respond to simple commands.
Oral-conscious dental sedation is ideal for those with mild to moderate anxiety levels and short to medium-length appointments. Additionally, oral conscious sedation can help those with severe gag reflexes by momentarily relaxing the muscles in the throat and mouth.
IV sedation is administered directly to the bloodstream through an intravenous drip, and the effects are almost instant. Typically, patients can respond and interact under IV sedation but might experience temporary amnesia. IV sedation dentistry is ideal for those undergoing extensive procedures.
General Anesthesia is the deepest form of sedation and anesthesia that we offer and leaves patients deeply sedated and unable to feel pain during dental treatments. Typically, we offer general anesthesia for those undergoing oral surgery, multiple treatments, and severe anxiety.