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Inhalation Sedation

This is the mildest form of sedation. Inhalation sedation, also known as laughing gas and inhalation analgesia, consists of a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen. It is a method of conscious sedation because the patient remains awake and conscious throughout the procedure. It should not be confused with sleep dentistry which refers to unconscious sedation (general anesthesia). Inhalation sedation produces a mild sense of relaxation as well as an ability to mildly raise a patient's pain threshold.

Nitrous oxide provides minimal sedation which is defined as a drug-induced controlled state of minimally depressed consciousness. The patients retain the ability to breath without external help, maintain their protective reflexes and the ability to respond normally to physical stimulation and to verbal commands.

This method of sedation is good for light procedures or routine visits to the dentist. It is best for people with low levels of anxiety. It can be used alone or in combination with local anesthesia (Novocaine).

The advantages of inhalation sedation include:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Fast onset
  • Flexible duration
  • Easy to control or adjust level
  • Rapid recovery
  • Few side effects
  • Analgesic effect
  • You do not require a driver
  • You can return to your normal activities immediately

The disadvantages of inhalation sedation include:

  • Patients with severe anxiety may require a higher level of sedation
  • Contraindicated in patients with respiratory problems
  • Claustrophobic patients generally object to wearing a nose piece

Inhalation Sedation in South Jersey

Once seated in the treatment area, Dr. Meltzer or one of his trained dental technicians will fit you with a nasal mask and begin administering the sedative. After a few moments, the pain decreasing properties began to take affect. Dr. Alan Meltzer is a board certified periodontist. He has over three decades of experience in oral health. Call Advanced Oral Specialty Group today at (856) 772-9444, or submit a request for an appointment. 

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