Sedation during dentistry is a common practise and your dentist has several tools at their disposal the first of which being nitrous oxide.
Nitrous oxide (commonly called laughing gas or nitrous) is a sedative gas that you inhale through a small mask over your nose. It is used for several procedures and is meant to be a conscious anaesthetic meaning you are awake and will be able to communicate throughout the entire dental procedure. It’s one of the safest forms of sedations available today and is even used at times during child brith procedures.
At your dentist’s office the anaesthetic will be administered through a small mask worn over the nose. After inhaling you should begin to feel the effects within a few minutes. The relaxed and disassociated feelings you receive from the anaesthetic will disappear soon after the gas is turned off allowing you to continue your day and even drive back home from your dentist’s office.
Another option is an oral sedative.Oral sedation is a type of sedation induced by taking pills. The pills must be prescribed by the dentist and are usually taken the night before and also one to two hours prior to your dental appointment to provide a comfortable sedative effect. It is a conscious sedation, so you are awake and can communicate throughout the dental treatment. Unlike nitrous oxide sedation, the drowsiness effect of oral sedation tends to last, and therefore you will need someone to accompany you home. You cannot drive or go back to work after oral sedation.