We have 3 varieties of Sedation Techniques:1: Nitrous Oxide "Laughing Gas"
2: Conscious Sedation
3: General Anesthesia
Nitrous OxideNitrous Oxide is commonly known in Dentistry as "Laughing Gas." Used since 1863, it is a quickly reversible gas that you breathe in through a nasal device, and serves to "take the edge off." It does not induce you to sleep, but is extremely relaxing. It is out of your system within minutes of stopping. Both children and adults are able to use this. Its only contradiction is pregnancy or COPD. We offer Nitrous in all of our services from basic cleaning to Oral Surgery.
Please let us know prior to your appointment if you are interested in using Laughing Gas.
Conscious SedationConscious Sedation is a few steps above Nitrous Oxide in its ability to relax you. Using medications by mouth, Intravenously, or both, Conscious Sedation induces a state of relaxation in which you usually do not remember anything about your appointment. This is called "Twilight" sedation in medical offices, usually in an outpatient environment such as Endoscopy. We place a catheter (very small!) in your arm or hand, and administer medication as need to do the work as you are monitored. A consultation is required where we review your medical history and take your vitals prior to your appointment.
General AnesthesiaGeneral Anesthesia is "putting you to sleep." Machines breath for you, such as in major surgeries in the operating room.
While this is the most expensive of the sedation techniques, it is definitely the most effective. An Anesthesiologist is brought to our facility to put you to sleep.
A consultation is necessary to perform treatment as well.