Nitrous Oxide and how does it work?
Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in dentistry for its relaxing and euphoric effects. It is known as laughing gas due to the euphoria that sometimes creates laughter from the patient. You are aware of your surroundings and capable of communicating with the doctor and staff the entire time of the treatment.
The gas consists of a safe combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is inhaled through a nose piece. Dr. Williams monitors and controls the level of nitrous oxide throughout the treatment for your safety. The euphoric state will distract you from anxiety, the treatment, and surrounding noises. Once the treatment is over you will likely be able to drive home and continue your daily activities.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Dental anxiety is very real and to accommodate patients with the uneasiness of the dental visit we offer oral conscious sedation. Upon arrival, we provide you with an oral sedative that relaxes your state of mind. Patients who feel stressed about dental work benefit from the medication because they often become sleepy before the treatment begins.
The anxiety sedative is ideal for patients who have multiple treatment needs and want to complete the treatment in as few visits as possible. Oral conscious sedation is also used with nitrous oxide to supplement the sedative’s effects. Although you may fall asleep during the procedure you will be able to communicate with the doctor and staff the entire time. Your vital signs and comfort level are closely monitored throughout your visit. You will need someone to drive you home after your treatment.
IV Conscious Sedation
IV Conscious sedation is available in our office for patients who have extensive dental needs or extreme anxiety with dental treatment. A Dental Anesthesiologist will be scheduled to come to our office and provide the sedative. With IV Conscious sedation, your body and mind will fully relax thus making the treatment easier and faster for you.
Once under sedation, patients are able to respond to verbal commands, and can breathe without the help of a ventilator. After the treatment, you will be very drowsy and most likely not remember any of the treatment. You will need someone to drive you home. The sedative should clear your body the next day and you can return to normal activities.
Call our office to make your appointment to discuss Nitrous Oxide in more detail. 972-544-2123