Dental sedation is the process of using medication to help a patient feel more relaxed during dental treatments. There are various types of dental sedation, ranging from minimal sedation to general anesthesia, where you're unconscious.
Sedation is extremely effective in reducing dental anxiety, putting patients at ease, and alleviating stress at our Naperville practice. Shortly after the sedative has taken effect, patients tend to feel positive, sleepy, and relaxed.
Sedation also has the additional benefits of reducing sensitive gag reflexes, pain sensitivity, and restlessness. Patients can cooperate for longer procedures without feeling uncomfortable or distressed.
You need to fast for 2 hours before receiving laughing gas.
Before we can administer a sedative, you need to come in for a consultation so we can review your medical history and determine that you’re a suitable candidate for sedation.
Before your appointment, you will need to fast for a few hours, as instructed, to reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting. Certain sedatives also require you to arrange for a ride to and from your appointment in Naperville.
Oral conscious sedation is taken by pill an hour before your appointment. Laughing gas is administered in the dental chair by inhaling gasses through a nasal mask.
You can resume your normal activities almost immediately after nitrous oxide because it wears off within a few minutes. However, the effects of oral conscious sedation will linger for up to 24 hours. You will need a ride home and someone to monitor you.
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a sedative that is inhaled through the nose. A nasal gas mask will be placed and you will inhale the sedative and feel the onset of effects within minutes.
The effects of this sedative include relaxation, euphoria, giddiness that may cause the patient to laugh, and sleepiness. The patient is fully awake and conscious, can listen and respond to Dr. Shah's instructions. They may not remember the procedure afterward, however.
When the procedure is over, you will receive a steady flow of oxygen and the remnants of laughing gas are removed within a few minutes. You will return completely to normal shortly after the procedure and usually can drive yourself home.
Oral Conscious Sedation
This sedative has a larger range in terms of how deep the sedation effect can be according to the dosage of the medication. Oral conscious sedation involves taking an anti-anxiety pill an hour before your dental treatment. You will not be able to drive after taking this medication, so arrange for someone to take you to and from your appointment.
As the name suggests, you are fully conscious and awake during the procedure but will feel very relaxed and sleepy. Some patients may fall asleep but can be easily woken up. Your reaction time is slowed and you will feel very groggy.
This will linger after the procedure and effects can last for up to 24 hours so you will need to avoid driving, operating heavy machinery, cooking, and drinking alcohol. Rest after your procedure and have someone monitor you.
You will need to fast for 6 hours before receiving oral conscious sedation.