Sedation is a process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives. Sedative drugs (tranquillizers, depressants, anti-anxiety medications, nitrous oxide, etc.) can be administered in a variety of ways. In the past, intravenous (IV) sedation – sedatives delivered via injection into the blood vessels of the hand or arm – was predominantly used to sedate a dental patient.
We Offer laughing gas (nitrous oxide = N²0). It is gas that you breathe in. The nitrous oxide is colorless and nonirritating, and contains a mixture of 70% oxygen and 30% nitrous and is odorless. There aren't any major risks with this option. Once the gas is discontinued, the effect stops - so you can go about your day normally. The great thing about laughing gas is that Dr Vincent can easily increase or decrease the level of sedation.
We also offer an oral sedative. A prescription pill can be taken before your appointment; the dosage level varies based on the estimated length of your treatment you will be deeply relaxed but responsive and able to ask questions. After the appointment, your sedation may take extra time to wear off, so please make sure there is someone to drive you home. You may have little or no memory of the appointment - which many of our anxious patients can appreciate!