Most commonly known as laughing gas, patients who receive nitrous oxide are able to maintain their airway and are aware of their surroundings, however they are much more relaxed for their procedures. Nitrous Oxide is administered via a nasal mask and is quickly cleared from the patients system once their procedure is over. Patients are able to drive home and resume normal activities.
For patients with very high anxiety, your dentist may recommend oral sedation with or without Nitrous Oxide Sedation. Patients are still able to maintain their own airway and are conscious, however, they are more relaxed for their procedures. Patients who receive oral sedation will require a driver to and from their appointment and will need to wait several hours before returning to normal activities. A patient’s medical history, along with their doctor’s approval, is needed prior to oral sedation.