What is Dental Sedation?
Dental sedation refers to a variety of techniques used to make patients more comfortable during dental procedures. Our dentists can help determine if a dental sedation option is right for you.
At Riverside Family Dentistry, we aim to do help our patients feel as comfortable and relaxed as we can during their dental appointments. On top of offering sedation, we will take steps to work at a pace you determine, take breaks when they are required and provide reassurance often.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is a sedative that you inhale through your mouth and nose in a mixture with oxygen.
Nitrous oxide will not put you to sleep. You will be aware, and able to respond to comments or questions from your dentist, but you will feel a sense of calm, relaxation and good humour. It also tends to lessen anxiety, increase pain threshold, reduce gag reflex and make time pass more quickly.
One of nitrous oxide's primary benefits is that it wears off almost immediately after the mask has been removed.