What is Sedation Dentistry?
Some procedures can be done more comfortably in our office with the assistance of an oral medication taken prior to the procedure. This medication is taken approximately one hour before the appointment and usually requires that the patient have an adult escort since they would not be able to drive themselves to or from the office. With this medication on board, the patient is still aware of what is going on but is certainly calmer and more relaxed throughout the procedure. The medication dosage is weight and age based and may cause some drowsiness for a couple of hours after the appointment.
In addition, laughing gas (nitrous oxide) can help provide a mild level of sedation that helps reduce anxiety and calm a hyperactive gag reflex. This gas is breathed through a special form fitted nose piece and does not have any lingering effect.