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Afraid of dentists? Not any more…
An average patient can tolerate most dental treatments very well. For the patients who feel apprehensive about their dental visits, various methods of sedation may be suggested. These include oral sedation and Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas” sedation. Both techniques alleviate the feelings of anxiety and allow the patient to become relaxed and cooperative during the treatment.
What is oral conscious sedation?
Mostly used for mild procedures, this very effective manner of drug administration is typically performed by using medications such as Versed, Halcion, Ativan or Valium. All of them induce the state of serenity and comfort. The drugs are consumed by the patient before the procedure and adjusted as needed during the treatment. The patients are prompted to respond to simple commands during the therapy to assure proper state of awareness. Some of the oral or sublingually prescribed medications may be used in conjunction with Nitrous Oxide.
What is nitrous oxide?
A widely accepted and effective method of anxiety relief is the use of Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen sedation. Often called “laughing gas” because of its pleasant effects, this inhaled version of conscious sedation dentistry permits the patient to remain calm and tranquil. An appropriate combination of gas and oxygen is administered before and during the procedure. Pure oxygen is administered following the procedure to quickly expel any residue, and restore the patient to alertness.
This version of conscious sedation results in no side-effects, and patients are able to return to their daily activities immediately following their visit.
Sedation dentistry has allowed many patients to enjoy their dental appointments and at long last realize all the benefits modern dentistry has to offer.