Dental sedation is the use of medication that induces a state of relaxation to alleviate anxiety and worry associated with fear of the dentist. Many patients suffer from dental anxiety that is so severe it prevents them from seeking necessary dental treatment.
By using sedation, we can put them at ease so they aren’t nervous during their procedure. Sedation can be used in invasive and routine procedures. It also has many other benefits such as alleviating pain, reducing sensitive gag reflex, reducing restlessness, reducing tooth sensitivity, and ensuring your dentist in Mission Viejo can get more work done in fewer appointments.
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Nitrous oxide is the mildest dental sedative and is safe to be used in children.
We will need to review your medical history and list of medications that you take to determine if you are a good candidate for sedation. We also need to know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
To prepare for sedation, we ask that you don’t eat anything for 2 hours leading up to your appointment.
We will administer nitrous oxide once you get to your appointment and then we will get started with your treatment.
We will remove the remnants of nitrous oxide from your body. There are no lingering effects of nitrous oxide and most patients can drive home afterward.
Laughing gas is an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas that is inhaled through a nasal mask along with oxygen. The sedative goes into effect within a couple of minutes of inhalation - these effects include a sense of euphoria, deep relaxation, giddiness, and sleepiness. You may also feel heaviness and tingling in your limbs.
You are completely conscious during your procedure and can understand what’s going on around you. You can respond to the Mission Viejo dentist if they ask you a question or give you instructions. However, you may not remember the procedure afterward due to the amnesiac effect.
For adults who require a little extra comfort, oral conscious sedation may be the solution. We will evaluate your medical history, and if oral conscious sedation is right for you, we will prescribe you a medication that you can pick up before your appointment. On the day of your appointment, you'll arrive 1 hour early to the office, and take the medication while we monitor you. Once the medication begins to take effect, you'll feel relaxed, calm, and sleepy, but you'll remain awake and able to respond to questions and commands.
After your appointment, you'll need to arrange for someone to drive you home and monitor you for the rest of the day, as the effects of oral conscious sedation can last between 4-8 hours. Oral conscious sedation is a great way to relieve your dental anxiety, so you can get the care you need with the comfort your deserve.
Patients typically do not fall asleep from nitrous oxide but may feel very sleepy. If they fall asleep, we can easily wake them up.
Dental sedation is most helpful at preventing the sensation of pain and reducing dental anxiety. This is why this medication can be used in more complex procedures like oral surgery or minor routine treatments like dental cleanings.
Nitrous oxide requires minimal preparation. You do not need to arrange for someone to accompany you to your appointment or drive you. You will, however, need to fast for 2 hours before receiving the sedative to reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting.
Because laughing gas wears off within just a couple of minutes of flushing the gas mask with pure oxygen, you will not experience any lingering hangover effects with this type of sedation. This means that most patients will be able to drive themselves home and resume their normal activities right away.
36% of the population have dental anxiety.