Amanda Delwiche D.D.S.

Which sedation options is better - nitrous oxide or oral conscious sedation?

Nitrous oxide is the preferred technique in our office for several reasons:

  • We can easily adjust the dosage even during your procedure.
  • You don't need to remember to take any medication before you arrive at our Santa Rosa, CA dental office.
  • The effects of nitrous diminish quickly, which means you can safely drive to and from your appointment without arranging for accompaniment.

Oral sedation can often be used to produce a deeper level of relaxation than the nitrous gas and is also an option if you are sensitive to nitrous oxide or cannot take it for another reason. If you choose oral conscious sedation, Dr. Delwiche will give you a prescription to take the night before your appointment. By the time you arrive at our office you will already be in a deeply relaxed state and may not even remember the details of your visit.

With either sedation technique, numbing medication (such as novocaine) will also be used to ensure your visit is completely painless!

Both oral sedation and nitrous gas are helpful for calming dental anxiety. Everyone's body is different, and there are situations where one method will work better than the other. Dr. Delwiche and her staff will review your medical history and current health to determine what is best for you.

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