Our top priority is the comfort of our patients. Our goal with patient sedation is to help relieve dental anxiety so you won’t need sedation for future procedures.
Our top priority is the comfort of our patients!
Dental anxiety is very common and the staff at Z Dentistry wants you to feel comfortable during your procedure. We can help ease anxiety you may have before a dental procedure by using nitrous oxide gas or an oral sedative. Both options can make you comfortable but will not put you completely to sleep. Dr. Z will evaluate each patient to determine the best form of sedation.
When should I use oral sedation?
Sedation is commonly used for patients who experience dental anxiety or when a patient is having a major procedure. Our goal with patient sedation is to help relieve dental anxiety so you won’t need sedation for future procedures.
Will sedation “put me under?”
No. Nitrous Oxide and oral sedation are designed to help relieve anxiety, but you will be conscious and awake during the procedure.
Nitrous Oxide, or commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is safe and easy to administer. It is air (oxygen) mixed with medication usually carried through a mask that is inhaled through the nose. It has a sweet, faint smell that will take effect generally in about 5 minutes.
Who is a good candidate for nitrous oxide gas?
Nitrous oxide is a good option for patients with dental anxiety that are having a check-up or procedure done. You will be able to drive home and return to work immediately. It’s safe for patients of all ages, including children. It’s also safe for patients with chronic diseases and patients that are on medications.
How long does nitrous oxide last?
Nitrous oxide usually will wear off in about 5 minutes after the medication. You don’t need to have someone drive you home after your appointment. You can drive immediately after the gas has worn off.
*Depending on the procedure
Oral sedation is a pill taken that is safe and easy to administer. The medicine can be taken at home, in the office or both before a dental procedure. It also has a deeper level of sedation than nitrous oxide and can be combined with nitrous oxide for more effectiveness.
Who is a good candidate for oral sedation?
Oral sedation also works well for patients who have a mild gag reflex. We don’t offer oral sedation for children, so kids who need a sedative are recommended to only get nitrous oxide. Oral sedation isn’t right for everyone, so Dr. Smith will evaluate your health to decide what is best for you.
Will I need to have someone drive me?
Yes, oral sedatives have more prolonged effects, so bring someone who can drive you to your appointment, stay on the office premises for the duration of the treatment, and drive you home.