Sedation may be needed for a few different reasons. It may be necessary for certain dental procedures or for patients with a strong gag reflex and/or low pain tolerance. It can also be used for patients who have dental anxiety. Some of the sedation options our Katy office provides include nitrous oxide (commonly known as “laughing gas”), and oral sedation. The effects can range from simply putting a patient at ease to putting them to sleep.
Before you receive any kind of dental sedation, it’s important that your Katy, TX dentist at Katy Smiles Center knows about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. You will receive instructions for before and after the sedation is administered and we will walk you through the procedure.
Laughing gas, as it is also called, is often used as a conscious sedative. The nitrous oxide is administered with a mixture of oxygen and produces a calming effect, helping anxious or phobic patients to relax. Patients are still able to talk and communicate when under nitrous oxide, and once the appointment is complete, oxygen is administered for five to ten minutes to flush out the gas. The effects wear off almost immediately, and there are rarely any side effects.
This type of sedation comes in the form of a pill, typically Halcion (which comes from the same family as Valium), taken about an hour before the appointment. Like nitrous, oral sedation does not put you to sleep, but instead simply dulls the senses.