Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a clear, practically odorless gas which can be used by any dentist with a modest amount of training.
Nitrous oxide is usually delivered to the patient by way of a nasal mask. The rate of delivery and patient-controlled depth of respiration permit selection of lighter or deeper levels of sedation. Uptake is rapid, with sedation and analgesia occurring within one to two minutes. Similarly, recovery is rapid.
Oral sedation is very acceptable to patients, as most are accustomed to taking pills. Oral sedation has a low incidence of side effects. The most commonly used drugs often produce an adequate level of sedation and relaxation. Oral agents are usually effective only for the mildly to moderately anxious, yet reasonable, patient. The drugs are administered about one hour prior to the planned procedure. It is essential that the patient have someone present who will drive them home.
On the day of your procedure, you will need to have another adult with you to take you home. You should not perform strenuous activities, drive a motor vehicle or drink alcohol for the rest of the day. Do not take any medications prior to or following surgery unless your dentist has approved their safety.