What is nitrous oxide sedation?

The use of nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, in dentistry has revolutionized the way patients view dental visits. Patients who once were afraid or anxious about even the most routine dental procedures, now visit the dentist with confidence. Sedation is typically administered to healthy individuals who need help relaxing or managing treatment anxiety. Reasons for needing sedation may include lengthy procedure times, dental phobias, or fear caused by negative experiences in the past.

Should I choose sedation dentistry?

Only you and your dentist can determine if sedation is right for you. Because sedation covers a spectrum of treatments, you will need to consult with your dentist to discuss whether light, moderate or deep sedation best meets your needs. Your eligibility for sedation will depend on your age, health, and any other medications you may be taking.

What should I expect if I am sedated for my dental procedure?

When nitrous oxide is administered for a dental procedure, you will be instructed to inhale the gas at the beginning of your appointment. Since it does not relieve pain, an anesthetic is also administered. Additional nitrous can be administered throughout your procedure to keep you in a state of euphoria. At the conclusion of your treatment, you’ll be given oxygen to help ‘snap’ you out of your sedated state.

Are there any precautions I need to take after being sedated?

Upon having nitrous oxide sedation, you should be able to return to driving and regular daily activities.