Many people avoid going to the dentist out of fear of having to be in the dental chair. Sedation dentistry allows us to help people keep their dental anxiety, fears and apprehensions at bay and receive the dental treatment they need. Dr. Sierakowski offers both nitrous oxide and oral sedation.
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, is a colorless gas with a sweet smell and can produce mild to moderate sedation effects. Nitrous oxide is given to a patient by mixing it with oxygen and allowing the patient to inhale it via a mask placed over the nose. The amount of sedation can be controlled during the procedure. Patients report feeling light-headed and happy under the effect of the gas. Nitrous oxide is not a replacement for local anesthesia. In most instances, patients can drive home after a short recovery period.
Oral sedation involves taking an anti-anxiety prescription medication that induces a state of calm and helps a patient get through his or her dental procedure with comfort and ease. The medication is generally taken an hour or so before the dental appointment. While sedated, patients are conscious and communicative, but feel relaxed and at ease. Oral sedatives are not a replacement for local anesthesia. Due to the lasting effects of the drug, patients must have a driver to and from the appointment.