Local anesthetic is a numbing agent used during almost every dental treatment, often in conjunction with other sedation for maximum pain control and relaxation. Local anesthetic effectively blocks sensations of pain at the treatment site, but can take a few hours for effects to wear off after treatment is complete.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is administered through the nose and takes effect immediately. Helping to put patients into a deeply relaxed and euphoric state, nitrous oxide is ideal for helping calm anxious patients. Once stopped, nitrous oxide no longer affects the body and has no adverse aftereffects.
Sedation Dentistry: More than Anxiety Control
While the primary use of sedation dentistry is for patients with dental anxiety, it can benefit patients with other concerns as well. Sedation dentistry can help patients with hypersensitive teeth and sensitive gag reflexes. For fidgety or non-compliant patients, sedation can establish a level of calm and relaxation needed to sit still for long periods of time and respond positively to commands. Even if you do not suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry may be able to assist you in other ways, helping promote great experiences every time you visit us!
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