Here at Legacy Dentistry, we don’t want your dental anxiety to prevent you from getting important dental treatments. To that end, we’re pleased to offer complimentary nitrous oxide sedation. For severe cases or extensive procedures, we can also provide oral conscious sedation or IV sedation to maximize your comfort. If you’ve been putting off an important procedure due to dental phobia, call us today; we’ll help you find a way to stay at ease at every visit.
For this type of sedation, you’ll be given a special kind of medication, normally in the form of a pill. You’ll be told to take the pill at a set time before your procedure. Once it takes effect, you’ll feel very drowsy; you may even fall asleep, although you should be awakened rather easily. You will still be able to answer questions and follow directions. Plan on having someone else drive you to and from your appointment.
You might have heard nitrous oxide referred to as “laughing gas”; this name comes from the euphoric feeling you experience when you breathe it in. During a visit, we can administer nitrous oxide through a special nasal mask so it can help you stay relaxed throughout the appointment. If necessary, we can adjust your level of sedation in the middle of the process. Unlike other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide wears off quickly and won’t prevent you from driving afterwards.
An anti-anxiety drug can be administered directly into your blood stream via IV sedation (or intravenous sedation). Dentistry performed with this type of sedation is sometimes called “sleep dentistry,” but in truth, you’ll simply be extremely relaxed. You’ll still be able to interact with Dr. Nguyen, but you may not remember much about your treatment once it’s over. After a procedure with IV sedation, you may need to take the rest of the day off to fully recover, as you’ll still be somewhat groggy for a few hours.