Sedation Options

Nitrous Oxide, Oral Sedation and IV Sedation


Sedation for short duration/non-invasive dental treatments

Type: Gas

Description: Nitrous Oxide is a traditional dental sedative technique. NO2 has been proven safe and effective time and time again. Patients breathe the gas through a gentile nasal tube. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen to dilute the gas as needed. You may have heard of nitrous oxide by the slang term, “laughing gas”. NO2 is a great sedation tool for short dental treatments.


  • A sense of relaxation is produced
  • Light pain relief is produced along with sedation
  • Patient is able to drive home after the appointment by themselves
  • Dentist is able to control the rate of sedation to accurately produce the desired sedative effect
  • Least expensive form of dental sedation
  • Effects gone when turned off


Sedation for light/moderate dental treatment

Type: Oral

Description: Recent research in pharmacology has given dentists oral drugs that produce a profound state of relaxation. Oral sedation options are extremely safe. A single dose is taken prior to the start of treatment. This sedation technique is well received by patients. The level of sedation is unique to the individual, and may not be completely predictable.


  • Produces a very relaxed state
  • Heavier sedation as compared to Nitrous Oxide
  • About 50% of patients have no memory of the procedure
  • Cost effective
  • Patients are monitored
  • Requires a driver/chaperone


Intravenous Sedation: Sedation for Moderate/Extensive Dental Treatment

Type: Liquid Injectable

Description: Intravenous sedation is the most advanced sedative technique for the comprehensive control of pain and anxiety in dentistry. It dates back to the early 1960’s with use at the Loma Linda University – School of Dentistry. In this technique, a needle is placed into a vein, and then an IV line is attached. The drugs that produce the sedative effects are placed into the IV line. Less than 2% of general dentists have the special permit issued by the Board of Dental Examiners to perform this advanced sedation technique.


  • Produces a profound state of relaxation
  • Dentist is able to carefully control the amount of sedation desired
  • In most cases, amnesia is produced and patients do not remember the procedures performed
  • Superior pain control
  • Patients are monitored and emergency medications are on hand
  • Most effective delivery for sedations
  • Requires a driver/chaperone

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