What is the difference between True Sedation Dentistry and Laughing Gas?

Posted by Dr. Soto Sep 22, 2017

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There are many reasons why you may need some sort of sedation when you go to the dentist. You may have a phobia of dentist, or may require it because you are having a procedure, such as a series of extractions all at once, that is simply easier when you are sedated. Although a lot of patients think of nitrous oxide (more commonly known as laughing gas) as sedation, there is a big difference between true sedation and laughing gas.

The Main Difference Between True IV Sedation and Laughing Gas

Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a safe and effective sedative. It is often used to relax the patient, placing them into a deeply relaxed twilight state, where they are aware, yet not asleep. When laughing gas is used, you can hold still for your dentist while still being able to answer any questions he may have.

Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask allowing you to breath in into your system. When used, patients almost immediately begin to feel less anxious, and light headed. You may also feel a tingling in our arms and legs, or a heavy feeling in your limbs. After a couple of minutes, you should feel calm and comfortable enough to lay back and relax. The effects of the laughing gas tend to wear off soon after the mask is removed, leaving no lingering effects.

True sedation dentistry (IV sedation) is one step up from laughing gas. Dr. Ernie Soto is one of only a handful of Florida dentists in the Plantation, Fort Lauderdale, and Coral Springs areas licensed to provide true IV sedation. IV sedation not only creates a restful procedure for you, it allows you to complete more elaborate full mouth constructions in only one or two visits.

IV sedation is so effective, you won’t even remember the procedure. It is completely safe and you are never left alone, even for a moment. Your vital signs are continually monitored to ensure your safety and security. A trained and licensed paramedic will be present at all times to monitor your vital signs.

Dr. Soto can also provide you with a prescription strength sedative pill that you will need to take before you come in for your procedure for a lighter form of sedation. Dr. Soto will evaluate your needs and overall health and then advise you which form of sedation is right for you.

Be advised, that unlike with nitrous oxide, when you elect to have IV sedation you will not be able to drive yourself either to the office or home afterwards. Be sure to make arrangements for someone to take care of you. Dr. Soto cannot perform sedation dentistry if there is no designated driver to take you home.

Whatever option you choose, Dr. Soto will design a treatment course that meets your specific needs. If you have concerns or questions you can discuss your needs and options. He is always happy to explain any procedures and options that he feels are right for you.

If you, or a loved one, would like to know more about how sedation dentistry works, please call (954) 368-6264 today, or request an appointment online. Dr. Ernie Soto specializes in sedation and reconstructive dental care, and has the advanced training and gentle touch you need. Don’t wait another day for a better smile. Call now.

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