What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Did you know…
Sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) was first used in the early 1800s, and laughing gas is still one of the most common types of dental sedation today.
What To Expect From The Sedation Process
Before you can be sedated, you’ll meet with Dr. Jah to discuss your health history, allergies, medications you’re taking, and other such information. This ensures that you can be sedated safely.
Laughing gas sedation
Laughing gas sedation uses a comfortable nose mask. This pumps a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide into your lungs. You’ll breathe in as directed, and immediately feel more safe, relaxed, and comfortable. However, you’ll still remain fully conscious and responsive to questions and commands.
Oral conscious sedation
Oral conscious sedation comes in a pill form, which you’ll take before your appointment. It makes you feel really drowsy and groggy. Some patients fall asleep or even forget most of what happens during their appointments. This makes oral conscious sedation a great choice if you have more serious dental anxiety, or need invasive dental surgery.
Aftercare and recovery
After your procedure, we’ll monitor you for a little while to make sure you’re recovering from sedation properly. Then, you’ll be sent home. Depending on your sedation method, you may need someone to drive you home from our office and watch you as you recover.
More About Sedation Dentistry
How Should I Prepare To Be Sedated?
You don’t need to do anything special for laughing gas (nitrous oxide), though it’s best to avoid big meals for an hour or two before your appointment. Eating a big meal could increase your risk of nausea.
For oral conscious sedation, your Greensboro dentist may require you to take a pill the night before your appointment. You may also be required to fast (avoid eating or drinking) for up to 6 hours before your appointment, though this depends on the drugs used in your procedure.
Did you know…
Place a knocked-out tooth in a container of cold milk to preserve the root while you head to your emergency appointment.
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How Long Does Sedation Take To Wear Off?
Nitrous oxide wears off after about 5 minutes. You may feel a little dizzy, nauseated, or confused for a bit, but you should be back to normal almost immediately. This makes it great for people with busy schedules.
It may take up to 4-6 hours for oral conscious sedation to wear off, and it has more intense side effects, so it’s best to head home, get some rest, and recover under the supervision of a spouse, partner, roommate, or another responsible adult.
Do I Need Someone To Drive Me Home?
Only for oral conscious sedation. Nitrous sedation wears off really fast, so you can drive home after your appointment. But since oral conscious sedation interferes with your motor skills and can last 6+ hours, you definitely need someone to drive you to and from Evergreen Dental Co. If you do not bring someone with you to our office to drive you home, we may refuse to provide oral conscious sedation.
Did you know…
If left untreated, a tooth infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause issues that impact your overall health.