With oral sedation, you may be sleepy but can be aroused. You can respond to simple commands. Minor side effects such as nausea or vomiting can occur with some medicines.
Before a visit in which you are to receive oral sedation, you should receive instructions. They will include:
You will have to have someone else transport you to and from the dental appointment. After the appointment, you will be able to relax at home for the rest of the day.
Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas. It is often used for people who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their fears so that they can relax. This helps them to receive treatment in a comfortable and safe manner.
Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small mask over the nose. You will be asked to breathe through the nose and not through the mouth.
The effects of nitrous oxide are mild. It is safe and quickly eliminated from the body. You remain awake and can continue to interact with the dentist. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off very quickly. The dentist will give you oxygen for a few minutes after treatment. This helps to flush the body of any remaining gas.