Sedatives are medications designed to help a patient relax. This can be a powerful tool for avoiding pain. Sedatives are sometimes used in combination with other types of pain relievers. Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative while the patient is alert and awake. Intravenous (IV) sedation is usually in the form of a tranquilizing agent; patients given IV sedation are often awake but very relaxed.
Nitrous Oxide and oral conscious sedation are the other forms of sedation we use in our dental center.
It is a procedure that allows your dentist to provide anti-anxiety medications, like those used in oral sedation, directly into your bloodstream. You may sometimes see this referred to as “sleep” dentistry which may make you think you’ll be completely unconscious during your procedure. In fact, you remain awake the entire time and will be able to respond to your dentist’s questions. You may not, however, remember much or anything once the medication wears off.
Just remember because of the nature of IV sedation, an adult must accompany you and drive you home.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Conscious sedation is a combination of medicines to help you relax (a sedative) and to block pain (an anesthetic) during a medical or dental procedure. You will probably stay awake but may not be able to speak. Conscious sedation lets you recover quickly and return to your everyday activities soon after your procedure.
Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
or laughing gas is used as a local sedation method, it’s colorless and odorless and an effective as a sedative because it relaxes patients, it also works quickly and is considered a sage sedation method.
Once the nitrous oxide has been turned off, a patient needs to receive oxygen for at least five minutes to avoid a headache. The oxygen purges any remaining gas from the lungs while aiding the patient in becoming alert and awake.
It’s recommended to eat lightly prior to the procedure and avoid a big meal for three hours afterward. Also, consult your dentist as to when it is safe for you to drive after the procedure.
What Are The Advantages Of Nitrous Oxide?
- It’s fast-acting, and most patients tolerate it well
- It wears off shortly after it’s administered so there’s no lag time after the procedure as in the case of some other sedatives
- During the procedure, patients are still responsive to questions from their dentist and can be fully engaged with their care
- Nitrous oxide is considered safe for children and adults, and its use in children is approved by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Why Elite Dental & Implant Center
At Elite Dental & Implant Center, we are committed to providing premium dental care for our patients with cutting-edge technology. Our goal is to make our dentistry services pain free, precise and comfortable.
We want to give each patient the attention they deserve. From the moment you pick up the phone to every step of your appointment process and after-care, our staff wants to make every effort to connect with you and meet your expectations. This is what makes us stand out from the crowd! We look forward to meeting you so call us today at (818) 578-6733!