Nitrous Oxide, also commonly called laughing gas, is a popular option for dental work. This is because it’s simple to use, fast-acting, and does not lead to any negative side effects. Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask. The patient simply inhales the gas and will immediately feel their fears vanish. Patients remain fully conscious, but will not experience the pain or anxiety they might otherwise deal with.
Oral conscious sedation is another easy-to-use tool. This form of sedation involves taking prescription pills from your dentist or oral surgeon. A variety of pills might be prescribed, including pain relievers and anti-anxiety medications. Discuss any pre-existing conditions or health concerns with your dentist so they can choose the best oral sedation for your needs.
IV medications are used to completely sedate a patient before oral surgery. This is necessary for patients who are having a more complex procedure. With IV sedation, a patient will be put “to sleep” until after the surgery is completed. IV sedation takes longer to leave the body than other types of sedition, so you will need a ride home after your surgery.