At AGN Dental Associates, we offer sedation dentistry including nitrous oxide and oral sedation. Sedation allows patients with dental anxiety to feel relaxed and as comfortable as possible during care, it can even be used during a dental cleaning! Please call the office to schedule an appointment to discuss what option may work best for you.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide, known to many as “laughing gas,” is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask fitted over your nose. It will put you in a euphoric state and help you feel calm while your dental procedure is performed. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests that the dentist may have and you are alert enough to allow the dentist to know how you feel so she can adjust your sedation level as needed. This form of sedation is very safe, once the procedure is over you will be placed on oxygen for 5 minutes as the effects of the nitrous fade away. You are totally coherent and able to drive home following the procedure.
Nitrous oxide is also a wonderful aide in children’s dentistry, making the dental experience much easier for the little patient.
With oral sedation, the patient is given oral medication about one hour before the appointment. The medicine puts the patient in a light state of sedation and promotes relaxation during the dental procedure. It is a very safe form of sedation and although you will still be awake, you will feel calmer during the procedure. You will need to be driven to and from the appointment by a companion.