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Las Cruces Sedation Dentist

woman in pale blouse laying back looking relaxed and sedatedSedation dentistry is often given the misnomer of “sleep dentistry.” However, apart from general anesthesia which is not always necessary or recommended during dental procedures, sedation does not actually make patients go to sleep. Instead, dental sedatives allow patients to relax, reduce dental sensitivity, and ensure safety and comfort of patients throughout even the most complex procedures. At Painted Skies Dental Center, we offer oral conscious and nitrous oxide sedation. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment with our Las Cruces dentistry team today.

Oral Conscious Sedation

Oral conscious sedation is especially popular with our patients who have dental phobia or anxiety as patients begin to relax before they ever leave home. At a predetermined time prior to treatment, patients take a sedative medication as prescribed by the dentist. Because the sedative begins to take effect before patients arrive at our office, they will need a friend or family member to drive them to and from their appointment. Throughout treatment, patients will experience an extremely relaxed and peaceful state, and following treatment, most patients don’t even remember their visit. The effects of oral conscious sedation are typically diminished after about 12 hours.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation is one of the oldest forms of sedative, and is still extremely popular for dental care. Inhaled through a nasal mask throughout treatment, the effects of nitrous oxide sedation take hold quickly, and the dosage is easily adjusted for maximum comfort throughout treatment. Once the procedure is complete, the effects of nitrous oxide sedation wear away quickly allowing patients to return to their daily routine right away. This is a great option for patients with mild dental phobia, or those who have sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex.