What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide (N2O), more commonly referred to as laughing gas, is used as a local sedation method, according to the California Dental Association (CDA). It is colorless and odorless. Nitrous oxide is effective as a sedative because it relaxes patients with the pleasurable feelings it emits. Nitrous oxide’s usefulness also stems from how quickly it works and that its effects are reversible. For those and other reasons, nitrous oxide is widely considered to be a safe sedation method.
What Is IV Sedation Dentistry?
The type of sedation that you receive at our office varies based on your level of anxiety and the type of exam or procedure you are having. IV sedation, also known as conscious sedation, is a sort of middle ground and it doesn’t fully put you to sleep. It does make you less aware of what is going on around you during your procedure or treatment. While some forms of sedation are inhaled (like nitrous oxide) or are taken in pill form, IV sedation is administered through intravenously through a vein.
IV Sedation Pre-operative Instructions
Pre-operative care is important to ensure a smooth sedation and surgery. Please follow these simple guidelines to be ready for the surgery. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns.
Please follow these instructions BEFORE your scheduled appointment:
- Do not eat or drink anything 6-8 hours prior to your appointment.
- A responsible adult must bring you to your appointment and stay in the office until you are completely finished with your treatment. It will be their responsibility to be sure that you return home safely and rest for the next 24 hours. You can not be left alone the first 6 hours after sedation.
- Remove contact lenses, dental appliances, and jewelry prior to being seated.
- Loose fitting clothing is suggested. Short-sleeved shirts are helpful.
- If you take daily medications, please make sure to ask us if it is ok to take on the day of your appointment. If it is ok to take the medication, please take it with only 1 or 2 ounces of water.
- Please make sure all paperwork is filled out prior to your appointment. (consent for sedation and treatment)
- Payment is expected at time of service, unless prior arrangements have been made.
IV Sedation Post-operative Instructions
Postoperative care is most important to your recovery and healing quickly. Your ability to think clearly will be impaired for a few hours after IV sedation. Feel free to call our office with any questions or concerns. (402) 371-2377
Please follow these instructions AFTER your treatment:
- An adult/driver will need to take you directly home and you will need to rest for the remainder of the day.
- Have the adult stay with you for the first 6 hours after your treatment.
- You will need to refrain from any activity or activities that require alertness and/or coordination such as driving a motor vehicle for the rest of the day.
- Do not eat a heavy meal when you get home. If you’re hungry, eat something light such as liquids or soft foods.
- If you experience nausea, lie down for a while. Also make sure you eat something light with your pain medications. If nausea and vomiting continue, please contact our office.
- Make sure you take all prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Schroeder.