Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedative medications to help people get the dental care they need. Lots of people have dental anxiety, and fear of the dentist can stop them from getting proper dental care. With sedation dentistry, you can overcome your fear, stay comfortable, and get the treatment you need at Burke Dental Group. Interested in sedation dentistry in Brandon, MS? Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Amanda Burke, and explore your options for sedation right away.
You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for laughing gas sedation at Burke Dental Group. However, we do recommend avoiding eating heavy meals for at least two hours before your visit. This reduces your risk of nausea.
Dr. Burke will place a comfortable mask over your nose. Then, she will send a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen through the mask and into your lungs. Breathe in as directed. She will also numb the treatment area to prepare for your procedure.
As the sedative takes hold, you will feel much more comfortable and relaxed. However, you will still remain fully conscious and aware of your surroundings. You’ll be able to respond to questions and commands, too.
Once your treatment is over, Dr. Burke will adjust your nose mask to send a steady flow of oxygen into your lungs. This purges any remaining nitrous oxide, and reduces post-sedation side effects. Then, you’ll be sent home to recover.
Yes. However, they're minor and wear off pretty quickly. Once your sedation starts to wear off, you may feel a bit nauseous, get a headache, shiver, or feel dizzy. Most patients start to feel normal and fully alert within 5 minutes, but it can take up to 15 minutes for some patients.
As long as you’re healthy, you’re likely a good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation. However, certain people may not qualify, such as those with certain lung problems like COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder), a history of substance use, or pregnant women. Dr. Burke can discuss your health history with you, and determine if you’re a good candidate for sedation with nitrous oxide at Burke Dental Group.