At Confident Smiles & Implants, we offer two primary types of sedation for our patients. Laughing gas is an ideal choice for patients with mild anxiety or for those who simply want to remain comfortable during treatment. Oral conscious sedation is a better option if you’d like to be sedated more deeply for a lengthy procedure or to ease more severe dental anxiety.
Laughing gas is an ideal method of minimal sedation. If you opt for laughing gas during your procedure, you will wear a comfortable nose mask to inhale the sedative throughout your treatment.
Laughing gas will make you feel a bit “floaty” and disconnected from your body. It will also help reduce anxiety, and has analgesic (pain-relieving) effects which ensure you do not feel any discomfort during your procedure. One of the best things about laughing gas is that it only lasts about 5 minutes after your treatment, so you can go about the rest of your day as you normally would.
Oral conscious sedation is taken in pill form about 1-2 hours before your appointment. It provides a deeper level of sedation compared to laughing gas. You’ll feel groggy during your appointment and may even fall asleep in the dentist’s chair. However, these effects may last up to 4-6 hours after your appointment, so you cannot drive yourself home or go back to work. You’ll need to make the necessary arrangements to plan for this before your appointment.
As long as you are healthy and free of issues like allergies, medical conditions, or a history of drug abuse that may prevent you from being sedated, you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry. However, before you can be sedated, you will need to discuss your medical history with the team at Confident Smiles & Implants to ensure that we can identify any potential risks or issues.