#1 Nitrous oxide
Most are familiar with this form of sedation under the name “laughing gas.” A mask will be placed only over your nose, allowing you to breathe the nitrous oxide gas. This sedation is always administered under the supervision of our highly qualified staff. This sedation form will have you very relaxed yet still alert enough to continue to communicate your needs.
The great thing about this gas is that once it gets turned off and you stop breathing it in, it wears off quickly. This gives you the option to drive yourself home.
Complication risks associated with nitrous oxide are extremely low, and you will have zero side effects.
#2 Oral sedation
Oral sedation is also commonly known as conscious sedation. Compared to nitrous oxide, this method of sedation dentistry produces a deeper state of relaxation. You will begin this sedation before treatment, and it will swiftly take you to a relaxing slumber state. You are awake enough to follow instructions from our dentists, yet so deeply relaxed you will have no recollection of the appointment once done.
As with nitrous oxide, the associated risks and complications are extremely low. You will, however, need a ride home.
At your initial consultation at our Santa Monica dentist office, we will address your concerns and provide you with an unbiased assessment of which sedation method will be safest and most effective for you.