Sedation Dentistry with Nitrous Oxide/ Laughing gas

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of a sedative during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult remain calm. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide "laughing gas", IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthesia.

Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving.

About half of our patient base consist of children under the age of 18 and we do not use any restraining devices such as a papoose board in treating children.   Laughing gas is often used as a conscious sedative during their dental visit.  Laughing gas can be used on pediatric or adult patients to help them remain calm for a more enjoyable visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during the course of their dental treatment.   Additionally, patients that are using laughing gas are completely conscious and are able to communicate with doctor and staff throughout the course of treatment.  We generally allow parents to be with their child during the course of their treatment.  We invite all families with small children to experience our family-friendly facility and see how pleasant your child's next dental visit can be!