Is sedation the same as laughing gas (nitrous oxide)?
This is a common question from patients with dental anxiety. Oral sedation IS completely different from nitrous oxide--from a patient experience, physiological, and even legal, standpoint.
We recently saw a patient who was so anxious that even with nitrous oxide, having a cleaning procedure done was a stressful and uncomfortable ordeal. She would lose sleep and spend days worrying about her upcoming appointments. She wanted to take care of her teeth and have necessary dental procedures performed, but the anxiety associated with dental work was stopping her.
This patient decided to take advantage of oral sedation to overcome her severe anxiety. We completed the necessary procedures over multiple appointments. At the first ...