Sedation Dentistry

Sedation Dentistry: The use of Laughing Gas & Oxygen for Sedation

The calming inhalant known as laughing gas is for patients who are mildly or moderately anxious or nervous. It eases their anxieties so that they can relax and undergo treatment comfortably and safely. The gas is administered by placing a small hood over the patient's nose. As the gas takes effect, the patient becomes relaxed, but is still awake and can communicate. When the gas is turned off, the effects of sedation wear off almost immediately.

Before Intravenous Anesthesia Sedation

  • Do not eat or drink anything including water for eight hours prior to the scheduled appointment.
  • No smoking at least 12 hours before surgery.
  • A responsible adult must accompany the patient to the office, remain in the office during the procedure, and drive the patient home after recovery.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing with either short sleeves or sleeves which can be rolled up past the elbow.
  • Contact lenses, jewelry, and dentures must be removed at the time of surgery.
  • Do not wear lipstick, excessive makeup, or nail polish on the day of surgery.
  • If you have an illness such as a cold, sore throat, stomach or bowel upset, please notify the office.
  • The patient should not drive a vehicle or operate any machinery for 24 hours following the procedure.
  • If you take any oral medications, please check with Gold Coast Family Dental prior to your surgical date for instructions.