Also known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a common and mild sedation technique that puts you in a very relaxed yet conscious state. The nitrous oxide gas is administered before and after your dental treatment via a mask placed over your nose. Since you will be conscious, you will be able to communicate with our team and respond to questions. With nitrous oxide, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment. The effects of the gas will wear off a few minutes after the mask is removed.
Oral sedation involves taking a pill an hour or so before your treatment. Like nitrous oxide, oral sedation puts you in a relaxed yet conscious state. Unlike nitrous oxide, the sedative pill does not relieve pain, so a local anesthetic can be used in conjunction with the pill to numb that treatment area and minimize pain. The drowsy effects of oral sedation may remain for up to 24 hours, which means you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your treatment.