Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation

Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas is an extremely safe adjunct often used by dentists to reduce the apprehension and nervousness associated with dental procedures. Our dentists are specially trained in the administration of nitrous oxide allowing you or  your child to have dental treatment completed safely in the dental office setting while remaining fully awake. Nitrous Oxide induces a feeling of warmth and security, gives most people a pleasant “floating” sensation, and reduces sensations during dental treatment. In addition, its effects are absolutely reversible within minutes, allowing you to return safely to work or school that same day. This is one the safest sedation dentistry option.

Nitrous oxide is the safest and easiest method of sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry, sometimes called Relaxation Dentistry, refers to the way dentists manage Pain and Anxiety during dental appointments.

Unlike General Anesthesia where a patient is completely unconscious, asleep, and unable to respond, patients under Conscious Sedation, are able to respond to commands and breathe on their own.We Use oral Medication and Nitrous Oxide or Laughing gas for the most of anxious patients.
However several medications are available to help create more relaxed, comfortable dental visits. Some drugs control pain, some help you relax, and others put you into a deep sleep during dental treatment. You and your dentist can discuss a number of factors when deciding which drugs to use for your treatment: the type of procedure, your overall health, history of allergies and your anxiety level are considered when determining which approach is best for your particular case. Working together you and your dentist can choose the most appropriate steps to make your dental visit as comfortable as possible.

For some very anxious patients we can provide IV Sedation. IV Sedation – also knows as Moderate Conscious Sedation can be used by Oral Surgeons and dentists with specialized training and special certification. With this type of sedation, medications are administered through an IV. The greatest advantage of IV Sedation is that the patient can be made more comfortable as required.

In West Van Family dental we perform Nirous oxide sedation alone or in combination with oral or Iv sedation for very anxious patients.