• Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”): Nitrous oxide is used as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and allow a level of relaxation during a procedure. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask over the nose. It is administered for the duration of the procedure and is turned off as the procedure is coming to an end. The effects of this method of sedation wear off very quickly, allowing you to feel normal prior to leaving the office. Patients are able to drive right after their procedure.
  • Oral Sedation (“Conscious Sedation”): Oral Sedation means that you will be given a prescription for an oral medication prior to your appointment. Taken at the recommended time before your appointment, this medication allows you to fully relax and decrease anxiety by the time your procedure begins. Oral sedation may be combined with Nitrous Oxide to help increase relaxation. Oral sedation doesn’t put you to sleep, but does make you feel tired that you may fall asleep on your own. When receiving oral sedation, a patient must have an escort on the day of the procedure to drive them to and from the office to ensure their safety.
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