Garden City Dental offers oral conscious sedation – also known as sedation dentistry – to help relieve the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia. Patients who feel stressed about dental work, as well as those who need multiple procedures performed in one visit, benefit from conscious sedation.
The procedure involves taking an oral sedative prior to your visit, then receiving nitrous oxide to supplement the sedative's effects. Your vital signs and comfort level are keenly monitored throughout your visit.
Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its pain-blocking and anxiety-reducing effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it. The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and helps relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. The gas – a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture – is inhaled through a face mask. The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. Helping to relax you, the gas allows the dentist to perform dental work with less comfort. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease once the mask is removed, such that if the gas is the only anaesthesia that you receive, you may be capable of driving yourself home following the visit, continuing your daily activities as normal.