Dental sedation is the use of medication to reduce anxiety and fear about dentistry. There are three main ways that we provide this: nitrous sedation or laughing gas, pill form of sedation, and IV sedation for extreme cases.
Nitrous sedation has numerous benefits. It reduces fear and anxiety, decreases pain and sensitivity to vibration, lessens the gag reflex, reduces jaw and joint pain from keeping the mouth open, and creates a general sense of relaxation.
I prefer nitrous sedation because it is extremely safe and controllable. It is simply provided through a nose piece and leaves the system quickly after the procedure. Within about five minutes, patients can walk out and drive home without assistance.
You can have sedation for all types of dentistry. It helps you feel more relaxed and have less memory of the procedure, making the overall experience more pleasant.
Yes, at Daniel Appel DDS, we believe in the benefits of nitrous sedation strongly enough to provide it for free to our patients. This helps to make dental care more accessible, especially for those who may be afraid of dental procedures.