Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) Sedation
Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas. When inhaled, it makes you feel euphoric (happy), and also helps reduce feelings of anxiety. It also acts as a pain inhibitor, so you’re less likely to feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment.
Nitrous oxide sedation is delivered using a comfortable nose mask, which is placed before your treatment begins. You’ll breathe in a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen throughout your procedure. Then, when the procedure is over, the mask will be removed, and you’ll feel normal within a few minutes. You can even drive yourself home or go back to work after your treatment.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral conscious sedation uses a pill-based anti-anxiety medication. Depending on the drug, it may be taken the night before your appointment and/or about an hour before your appointment. This introduces a deeper level of sedation compared to laughing gas. You may fall asleep and forget most of what happened after your procedure.
You also will not be able to drive home or go back to work, since the after-effects of oral conscious sedation last a lot longer. Plan accordingly, and make sure to bring someone who can take care of you and drive you home.