Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment. Recovery from Nitrous Oxide is within minutes. No escort is needed.
Oral Sedation (Triazolam)
Triazolam (Halcion), is a medication that can greatly minimize the anxiety that may be associated with going to the dentist. In a relaxed state, you will still be able to communicate with the dentist while treatment is being performed.
IV (Intravenous SEdation)
Intravenous sedation (IV) uses a combination of sedative drugs which are administered intravenously by a dental anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist is dedicated to monitoring your sedation continuously throughout the procedure, while the endodontist focuses on the root canal. This team approach allows for dental procedures to be performed while you are in a highly relaxed, sleep-like state. Upon waking up, it is highly unlikely for you to remember the procedure, have significant pain, and it will seem as if no time has passed.
** FOR ORAL AND IV SEDATION: An escort is needed to drive to and from the appointment. A responsible adult must be with the patient and stay with the patient throughout the day and evening.