Oral Sedation Vs Laughing Gas
Which is better: oral sedation or laughing gas? That depends on a variety of factors, including the type of treatment, your level of anxiety, your dental and medical history, and your preference.
In a free consultation, after talking to you about the dental treatment you need and your concerns, we can make a recommendation for which type of sedation would be best fit for you. If needed, we also offer IV sedation (general anesthesia).
Oral Sedation (also known as “sleep dentistry” and “conscious sedation”)
Oral sedation allows you to “sleep” through your dental appointment. You take a pill, and that’s it! You’re not completely unconscious during the appointment, but time passes quickly and you’ll be less aware of the smells, sights, and sounds around you. After your appointment, you’ll remember little, if anything. Oral sedation can be a great alternative to IV sedation, and is a step above laughing gas. With oral sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home from your dental appointment.
Laughing Gas (also known as “nitrous oxide)
Laughing gas has been used in dentistry since the 1800s, and it can be a very effective form of sedation, just enough for some people, with certain procedures. We can use laughing gas for dental cleanings, as well as any other type of treatment. With many dental treatments, we’ll also use Novocain, as a numbing agent.
We administer laughing gas through a scented nosepiece, and it should help you relax and maybe even make you feel giddy (thus the name). Once your dental procedure is completed, we switch over to 100% oxygen, to bring you back to alertness. With laughing gas, you can drive yourself home from your dental appointment.
For further information about oral sedation vs laughing gas, or to schedule a free dental consultation, please call our dental office at (303) 323-8149, or e-mail email@example.com.
Please make note: Our dental office is in Lone Tree, just east of Highlands Ranch. We’re near C-470 and Quebec, in the same parking lot as Kohl’s. We accept most types of dental insurance and are in network for Delta Dental, Assurant, United Concordia, and Aetna.