Dentistry can be made so much more positive for many patients with sedation. For patients who need multiple teeth worked on in a single appointment dental sedation can make the appointment more relaxing and go by quicker. We always administer local anesthetic. For patients who want more anxiety control we offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
NITROUS OXIDE (LAUGHING GAS)
Nitrous oxide was pioneered by CT dentist Horace Wells in the 1840s. Nitrous oxide is helpful in reducing anxiety during a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide has no after effects and patients can safely drive home after their appointment. Nitrous oxide is sometimes combined with an oral sedative. We have a very comfortable mask system for patients to get a good airflow and relax during their visit. We have had excellent success with nervous patients using nitrous oxide for everything from cleanings to root canal therapy to wisdom tooth extractions. Nitrous oxide can also be used on kids.
Oral sedation such as valium can be used for patients who need help staying calm the night before their procedure and during the procedure the next morning. We generally use a benzodiazepine such as Valium. Patients need a ride to and from the appointment.