Sedation/Nitrous Gas Back

For people who are anxious about having any dental procedure, sedation or nitrous gas, is a good option to consider. Nitrous gas is considered a minimal form of sedation that works to relax the patient, and wears off quickly when inhaling oxygen. Soon after the procedure, patients can go about their day they normally would, as long as they are mindful of post-operative instructions.

Regardless of the sedation you get, it is common to receive a local anesthetic, or numbing medication, at the area where the dental work is being done to prevent discomfort.

So our patients feel as comfortable as possible, Woodbridge Dentistry also offers several extra choices for sedation including nitrous oxide, oral sedation and intravenous conscious sedation.

Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” is given to patients through a mask that is placed over their nose. Nitrous oxide gas wears off quickly so patients are usually able to drive after the procedure and continue with their day. This form of sedation is also considered minimal.

Oral Sedation
At Woodbridge Dentistry, we offer our patients the option of ingesting a Halocin pill. This form of oral sedation is usually given one hour prior to the procedure. Although oral sedation in drowsiness, patients remain awake during the procedure.

A patient receiving oral sedation need to arrange to be driven home after the procedure is complete.

Your dentist will recommend the sedation based on the patient’s comfort level, medical history and complexity of the procedure.

Intravenous (IV) Sedation
For patients that get extremely nervous during dental visits, an intravenous line can be placed in their arm. Intravenous sedation will put the patients in an unconscious state during the entire procedure, and will feel no pain and no memory of the procedure once it is finished. In addition to intravenous sedation, patients will also receive a local anesthetic to numb the area the dentist is working on.

If you need a more invasive dental procedure, talk to your dentist about receiving intravenous sedation. You dentist will discuss the risks and benefits associated with receiving intravenous sedation.