Dental sedation is a method of using medications to relax nervous dental patients to encourage cooperation during dental treatments. Patients who have extreme dental anxiety will feel relaxed and at ease while those with sensitive gag reflexes and lower pain tolerance will also experience relief.
Restless children will be able to sit for longer procedures without fidgeting and patients can keep their mouths open for longer procedures. Dental sedation makes patients feel sleepy, relaxed, and unable to remember the procedure.
Patients who have diabetes, sleep apnea, or bronchitis are at an increased risk when undergoing sedation.
Patients will need to come in for a consultation with Dr. Mohammad Bawany to determine if they are a good candidate for sedation. He will review your medical history and need to know of any medications that you take.
To prepare for the procedure, you should not eat anything for 2 hours leading up to being sedated. Eat a light breakfast at least two hours before your appointment.
We will place a nasal mask around your face and flow nitrous oxide and oxygen through it. You will inhale through your nose and quickly feel the onset of effects.
Once the sedative has kicked in, which will only take a few minutes, we will carry out the dental treatment and monitor your vitals.
Once we have completed your treatment, we will flush all remnants of laughing gas from your body by flowing pure oxygen through the mask for a few minutes.
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a mild sedative that reduces anxiety in children and adults. We will flow nitrous oxide through a gas mask alongside oxygen and the effects will be felt within minutes.
Effects of nitrous oxide include relaxation, euphoria, and sleepiness. You may also feel tingling and numbness. It is a conscious form of sedation so the patient is awake the entire time and is responsive.
Most patients do not fall asleep but it’s possible for some patients to feel very relaxed and sleepy, causing them to doze off. Patients can be easily awoken with a light shake. Patients typically cannot remember what happened during their dental appointment because of the amnesic effects of the sedative.
It is important that you tell us if you have a stuffy nose before receiving nitrous oxide because you need to be able to breathe through your nose.
While you are always taking some risk when undergoing dental sedation, it is considered generally safe when administered by a professionally trained and experienced dentist. Nitrous oxide is the safest and mildest form of sedation and is associated with much less risk than general anesthesia.
As long as you do not have any serious medical conditions, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, or are of advanced age, it is unlikely that dental sedation would cause any problems. This is why we always review your medical history during your consultation and monitor your vitals during your procedure.
Recovery from nitrous oxide is almost instant. We will administer a steady flow of oxygen through your gas mask to remove residual nitrous oxide from the body and you will return to normal within a few minutes.
Laughing gas does not cause lingering hangover effects so you can return to your normal activities and diet after your appointment. Most people can drive themselves home after receiving nitrous oxide, unlike other forms of sedation.
Nitrous oxide is also referred to as laughing gas because it causes many patients to feel giddy, euphoric, and laugh a lot.