Sedation Dentistry at The Max Dental Center

laughing gas effectsA lot of people fear the dentist. This isn’t news to anyone. As dental professionals, we don’t really get the same reception as Santa or the ice cream truck. But when it comes to dealing with dental fear, The Max Dental Center is ready to provide peace of mind. One of the ways that we soothe anxious patients is through sedation dentistry. We offer two types of sedation: oral sedation and nitrous oxide. While both options work to relieve fear, there are clear differences in the effects of each drug. To help you decide if sedation dentistry is the best option for you we have outlined the effects of both oral sedation and nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas”.

Effects of Laughing Gas and Oral Sedation

  • Laughing Gas effects: Nitrous oxide is a gas that, when inhaled, provides the patient with complete relaxation. The effects of laughing gas are almost immediate. After just 2 to 3 minutes of inhaling the gas, the relaxation begins and pain disappears. The depth of your sedation can be controlled easily and quickly, all the dentist has to do is administer more or less gas flow. So, throughout the appointment your level of relaxation can be controlled and adjusted. While you are completely at ease and in a deep state of relaxation you will still remember everything from the appointment. Once the gas is stopped normal sensation returns after 3 to 5 minutes. There is no “hangover” feeling. In fact, you can even drive yourself home after the procedure.
  • Oral sedation effects: Oral sedation is medication that is taken either an hour before the visit or the night before. This medicine is more of an anti-anxiety pill. Usually the patient feels disoriented or sleepy after taking the pill. Patients also often forget what happens during the appointment. The effects of oral sedation linger after the procedure is done, sometimes the effects last 6 hours or longer once you leave our office. Always have someone drive you to and from our office when using this sedation.

Now that you understand the differences between laughing gas effects and the effects of oral sedation, we hope you are able to decide if sedation dentistry is right for you. We are always willing to help patients decide and to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. For more information concerning the what, whys and hows of sedation dentistry click here. You can also visit us at The Max Dental Center or call us at (901) 861-0031(901) 861-0031.

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