Commonly referred to as "laughing gas", the nitrous oxide is used as a mild sedative to reduce anxiety and allow a level of relaxation during a dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask over the nose. It is administered for the duration of the procedure and is turned off as the procedure is coming to an end. The effects of this method of sedation wear off very quickly.
Oral sedation dentistry is a medical procedure involving the administration of oral sedative drugs, generally to facilitate a dental procedure and reduce patients' fear and anxiety related to the experience. Most commonly dispensed in pill form, it is to be taken a given amount of time before your procedure. The dosage may vary depending on the size of the patient and especially the type of procedure that is being performed.