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SEDATION DENTISTRY

Nitrous oxide Sedation
Also known as "laughing gas", this colorless gas is inhaled through a mask or nosepiece. It can cause feelings of euphoria, calmness, and sleepiness, and can also help relax muscles.

 

Patients can quickly return to normal after stopping the inhalation, but may feel groggy for most of the day. Nitrous oxide is often used for simple dental exams and cleanings, or for children who are anxious about the dentist or have a strong gag reflex.

IV sedation
This is the deepest form of conscious sedation available in a dental office setting. The sedative is injected directly into the bloodstream, and can take effect almost immediately.

 

IV sedation can provide a deeper sense of relaxation than nitrous oxide, and can be customized to fit individual needs. It's often used for more severe cases of anxiety and dental fear, or for patients with a heavy gag reflex.

 

However, patients are not fully unconscious during IV sedation, and will still be conscious enough to respond to questions and requests.

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