Dentistry has been the leader in the development of outpatient sedation and general anesthesia techniques – known as Sedation Dentistry, implementing them in a safe and cost-effective way long before the current trend towards outpatient surgery and anesthesia in medicine.

Sedation Dentistry refers to the practice of inducing a state of relaxation and psychological comfort in a patient without causing loss of consciousness. The patient may fall asleep, but is not induced to sleep. He or she is always able to be aroused by speech or with gentle physical stimulation. The protective reflexes remain intact.

The predominant purpose of Sedation Dentistry or any sedation technique for that matter is to relieve the anxiety of the patient and shorten the perceived time span of the procedure.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide is a clear, practically odorless gas which can be used by any dentist with a modest amount of training.
Nitrous oxide is usually delivered to the patient by way of a nasal mask. The rate of delivery and patient-controlled depth of respiration permit selection of lighter or deeper levels of sedation. Uptake is rapid, with sedation and analgesia occurring within one to two minutes. Similarly, recovery is rapid.


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