Nitrous Oxide Gas
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Oral sedation is generally a prescription that is given prior to your visit. It usually will be an option of Valium or Halcion. You will be required to have a driver come with you on the day of your appointment. The effects of this medication will hinder your ability to perform everyday tasks, so plan to have a clear schedule that day. You and your driver will be given written instructions by Dr. Crisp.