Stay Safe & Relax In The Dentist’s Chair
Laughing gas sedation uses a mixture of nitrous oxide, which is sent directly into your lungs through a comfortable nose mask. The gas will be absorbed into your bloodstream through the tiny blood vessels in your lungs, and take effect almost immediately.
You will feel safe, calm, and comfortable, but will be completely conscious and able to respond to commands. You may even find your situation to be funny or strange, which is why nitrous oxide is called “laughing gas.”
Laughing gas wears off about 5 minutes after your procedure ends, and it does not have any serious after-effects. You may feel a little confused, disoriented, or nauseated, but this will pass quickly. You can drive yourself home or even go back to work after laughing gas sedation.
Oral conscious sedation uses a pill-based sedative. You’ll take the pill about 60-90 minutes before your appointment at our office. You may be asked to fast (avoid eating and drinking) for a few hours before your appointment, depending on your situation.
Once the medicine takes hold, you will feel very drowsy and groggy. You may even fall asleep and forget what happens during your procedure at Tuttle Family Dentistry. However, you will still be conscious, and you can respond to commands or be woken up if this is necessary.
Yes. Every type of dental sedation is safe, and serious complications of any type are extremely rare. And Tuttle Family Dentistry, we take your safety very seriously. Before you’re approved for sedation, you’ll discuss your health history, medications you’re taking, and other details with Dr. Colt or Dr. Tuttle. This ensures you can be sedated safely.
And throughout the sedation process, your vital signs will be closely monitored by our team to ensure your safety throughout your entire procedure. When you work with the team at Tuttle Family Dentistry, you’ll be in good hands.
For nitrous oxide sedation, there’s nothing special you have to do. Just dress comfortably and come to our office in Colorado Springs to get the care you need. It’s that simple.
Pill-based oral conscious sedation is a bit more complex and requires some additional preparation. You usually will need to avoid eating for 6-8 hours before your appointment, and you should only drink clear liquids until 2 hours before your appointment. Depending on the drugs used, you may need to take a pill the night before your procedure, as well as about 60 minutes before the appointment.
You will need someone to bring you to and from Tuttle Family Dentistry, too. The effects of oral conscious sedation last a lot longer than nitrous oxide, and will impair your ability to drive and operate heavy machinery. Bring a responsible adult like a parent, partner, or a friend who can drive you home after your procedure.
This depends on the type of sedation you get. Let’s start with nitrous oxide sedation. Most patients feel very euphoric when they get nitrous oxide sedation. You will feel happy, comfortable, and a bit disconnected from the things that are happening around you. You might even find the situation funny, which is why nitrous oxide is also called “laughing gas.”
However, you will remain fully conscious during nitrous oxide sedation. You won’t feel any feelings of pain or anxiety, but you will still be aware of your surroundings. This makes it a particularly good option if you don’t like the idea of sleeping through your appointment.
Oral conscious sedation is quite a bit different. Similarly to nitrous oxide, you will begin to feel calmer and less anxious as the drugs take effect. But unlike laughing gas, you also will feel really tired and groggy. In fact, it’s quite common for patients to fall asleep during their procedures.
You won’t be unconscious, though, just sleeping. You can be woken up and you can still respond to commands, if needed. Another common effect of oral conscious sedation is “anterograde amnesia.” This means you may forget most or all of what happened during your procedure.
Again, this depends on the method of sedation used. Nitrous oxide wears off within about 5 minutes of your treatment. You may feel a bit of a headache, or experience some dizziness or nausea for a bit, but you can drive yourself back home and get back to your day-to-day routine.
This is not the case with oral conscious sedation. Its effects last up to 4-6 hours after your procedure, and sometimes may linger for up to 24 hours. You will need someone to drive you back home and care for you as you recover. You will need to plan to take the day off of work or school, and rest and relax as your sedation wears off.
Oral conscious sedation has much longer after-effects than nitrous oxide sedation. Your reflexes and decision-making abilities will be impaired for up to 4-6 hours or longer, so you cannot drive yourself home. You will need to bring someone with you to our office who can drive you home and make sure you get home safely.
As you recover and the sedation wears off, you may feel nauseated, confused, dizzy, or have dry mouth. You may also feel drowsy and fatigued. Once you get home, take it easy for the rest of the day and relax. As time goes on, these effects will fade.