Sedation dentistry is great for those patients with moderate to severe dental phobias. With the aid of sedatives, our doctors can help patients overcome fear, strong gag reflexes, and/or history of bad experiences.
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Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is administered with a comfortable mask that fits over your nose. You will be asked by the dental staff to breathe through your nose and out through your mouth — and within 30 seconds to a couple minutes, you will start to feel the positive effects of the gas. With nitrous, you will feel pleasantly relaxed, happy, and comfortable — without any fear or anxiety. You will be so relaxed that after about 10 minutes,the doctor can safely and successfully complete your scheduled dental procedure(s). At the conclusion of the procedure, you will breathe pure oxygen for 8 minutes, which will completely evacuate the remaining nitrous gas from your body. You will leave the office under your own power, able to drive, and return to work or school.
Nitrous oxide has very few side effects. Some patients may experience nausea if a high dose is administered, which is why we will encourage you to not eat anything for about 2 – 3 hours before your procedure. Sometimes, patients who are claustrophobic have trouble with nitrous, because of the nasal hood.
Oral Conscious Sedation (Sleep Dentistry)
It’s important to remember that general anesthesia is not the name of the drug that’s being administered. Instead, general anesthesia differentiates itself from local anesthesia in that it numbs the body and puts the mind to sleep. Most commonly given by means of an injection or as an inhalant, general anesthesia describes a mixture of potent drugs that are used to induce a sleep-like state in those to whom it’s given. Using general anesthesia, Dr. Graver can help you achieve your dental goals without anxiety or worry!