Sedation dentistry uses nitrous oxide a sedative gas, more commonly known as 'laughing gas' that is inhaled through a small mask over your nose.
It is a conscious anesthetic, so you are awake and can communicate throughout the procedure and is one of the safest forms of sedation dentistry available today. The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen at all times.
The relaxed and disassociated feeling will disappear soon after the gas has been turned off. You can drive back to your home or office right away!
When is Sedation Dentistry Used?
Nitrous oxide can be administered for all areas of dentistry whether it be extractions, endodontic therapy(root canal treatment), periodontal treatment etc. Sedation dentistry is designed to provide comfort for our patients, whenever you feel uncomfortable about a procedure, ask our staff about sedation dentistry for more information.
How is Sedation Dentistry Performed?
Nitrous oxide gas along with oxygen is administered through a mask that comfortably fits over your nose so that you can breathe easily and normally. The dosage is easily and quickly adjusted by our staff at any time in the procedure. The effects of the nitrous oxide gas quickly take effect within five minutes. Within five to ten minutes of the sedation gas being turned off, you will feel normal once again and be safe to drive to your next destination. If at any time you feel uncomfortable simply breathe through your mouth to stop the intake of nitrous oxide.
Sedation Dentistry Precautions?
Before undergoing sedation dentistry you Polar Dental professional will instruct you not to consume any heavy meals for at least two hours and no light snacks for at least thirty minutes. You should have an empty stomach for your sedation appointment. Notify your dentist of any changes to your medical history prior to the administration of nitrous oxide along with any medication you may be taking.
Sedation Dentistry Safety
Sedation dentistry is very safe. All our sedation patients are closely monitored by our Polar Dental professionals. Also keep in mind that with our nitrous oxide sedation, patients do not lose consciousness.
Sedation is not advised for the following individuals:
- Children who are not yet old enough to understand what is going on
- Pregnant women
- Patients with severe bronchitis
- Patients with comprehension or communication disabilities
- Patients who have difficulty breathing through their nose
- Patients with lung problems
Physical Effects of Sedation Dentistry
- Numbness in the legs or hands
- Feelings of weightlessness in the extremities
- Feelings of warmth over the body
- Ringing sensation or distant hearing
- Tingling feelings in the hands or feet