Does the thought of visiting your local dentist fill you with dread or anxiety? You’re definitely not alone. At MDRN Dental, we work hard to create a truly comfortable atmosphere for every appointment, but if our patients need a little extra help relaxing, professional sedation is also available in the forms of prescribed medication (oral conscious sedation) and “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide). Dr. Stapleton can help you determine which type is right for your needs during an initial consultation. Our office serves the West Houston area and are located in the Westchase District, we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have – contact us today!
What is oral conscious sedation?
Oral conscious sedation is a sedation procedure that involves taking a prescribed sedative before the appointment and combining that with laughing gas (nitrous oxide) during the appointment. This tremendously helps with dental anxiety and provides retrograde amnesia. You will need a driver to drive you to and from the appointment when getting oral conscious sedation.
What is laughing gas or nitrous oxide?
Nitrous Oxide aka “Laughing Gas” is a mild sedative gas that you breathe through a nose piece while getting dental work done. The nitrous is administered with oxygen and a good balance is determined based on your level of anxiety. Once treatment is completed, 100% oxygen is administered for 5 minutes. This completely removes the nitrous oxide from your system and you are back to 100% consciousness. You are able to drive yourself home after the appointment.