oral conscious and laughing gas sedation in Covington

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Oral conscious and laughing gas sedation

If you’re nervous about an upcoming dental procedure, Dr. Keleigh Lascari is here to help with oral conscious and laughing gas sedation in Covington. Learn more about your options below, or contact us now to schedule an appointment.

What Is

laughing gas sedation?

Laughing gas sedation uses a nose mask that delivers a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen to your lungs. This method of sedation helps reduce feelings of anxiety and fear, and inhibits pain and discomfort. However, you will remain fully alert and conscious, and its effects wear off within about 5 minutes after you stop breathing the gas.

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what is

oral conscious sedation?

This method of sedation uses a pill-based sedative, which is taken 1-2 hours before your appointment at Cornerstone Dentistry. You’ll feel very sleepy and groggy after you take the sedative, and it’s common to forget most of what happens during your procedure. This method of sedation is deeper than laughing gas sedation, so it’s a good choice for more invasive treatments.

Why Would I use Sedation Dentistry

For my dental procedure?

Sedation dentistry allows you to feel more calm and relaxed during your dental procedure. This can be very helpful if you have dental anxiety and are scared of the dentist, or you’re undergoing an invasive treatment like a tooth extraction and you’re not sure what to expect.

In addition, sedation dentistry can help you stay still and feel more comfortable if you’re undergoing multiple procedures and need to stay in the dentist’s chair for more than 1-2 hours. You’ll feel less restless, and will be able to relax.

Sedation dentistry can also help with things like fear of needles, which are used in the process of numbing your mouth. It can also inhibit your gag reflex, which makes your dental procedure more comfortable if you have an overly-strong gag reflex.

understanding The Risks

is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes. Both laughing gas sedation and oral conscious sedation are completely safe, and have minimal side effects. 
However, to ensure your safety, you will need to discuss your personal health, health history, medications you’re taking, and any past history of drug use with Dr. Keleigh Lascari before you can be sedated. This ensures that you’re healthy enough to be sedated safely.

Can I drive

After laughing gas sedation?

Yes. This is one of the biggest benefits of choosing laughing gas sedation. The side effects of this sedation method are very minimal, and typically include a headache, dizziness, or nausea. The sedative effects of laughing gas wear off within about 5 minutes, after which time you can drive yourself home or even go back to work.

However, you cannot drive after oral conscious sedation. Its effects last up to 4-6 hours or longer, and you cannot operate a car or heavy machinery after being sedated. You will need to plan accordingly, and bring a responsible adult with you to your appointment, into whose care you can be released after you have gotten your dental treatment at Cornerstone Dentistry.

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