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Laughing Gas / Sedation

We offer sedation: oral (under the tongue or swallowed), or Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Methods:

  • Oral medication…pretty straightforward; it is a drug that is taken in by mouth. It is either held under the tongue for 2 minutes (rapid absorption), or swallowed.
  • patients get quite sedated; although the patient is conscious during the procedure, and converses with us, they usually forget the appointment post operatively.
  • a single medication is used
  • we go ABOVE the STANDARD of CARE for patient monitoring as stated by the College of Dental Surgeons of British Columbia; patients are monitored before, during , and after (for a set time period); we monitor blood pressure, Oxygen levels, and Heart Rate
  • we usually require a physician’s letter stating the patient is fit for the sedation procedure.
  • unfortunately, the patient must agree to not drive for a 24 hour period after sedation.
  • Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
  • is a gas that is administered through inhalation (a little nose cone attached to the nitrous tanks)
  • is the safest and most proven of all sedation. Many women have utilized Nitrous Oxide during childbirth)
  • relaxes patients; they know what’s going on, but don’t care.
  • the beauty of it is that we can increase the dosage instantly, either up or down.
  • takes effect almost instantly
  • at the end of the procedure, and administration of Oxygen for 5 minutes, the patient is legally able to drive and function normally.
  • can be used for part of the procure if the patient is just needle phobic (afraid of needles only, but calm during the rest of the procedure)