Our dentist is trained in working with patients of all ages who sometimes deal with anxiety about visits to the dentist. At Wow Smiles we do not sedate every patient that comes to our office. Our goal is to treat patients in the safest and least invasive way possible. Whether or not we use sedation for you will depend on our dentist’s recommendation, your condition and anxiety level and you, the patient’s input.

If sedation is recommended for you, we will take every precaution to make sure you receive the proper monitoring and care necessary. We will use a combination of monitoring tools to assure your safety. While we cannot make sedation risk-free, we do all we can to facilitate safety for our patients.

NITROUS OXIDE

Some patients are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or “laughing gas” in order to relax them for dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, nitrous oxide and oxygen. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the patient’s nose, allowing them to relax but without putting them to sleep. This technique is recognized by experts as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating a patient’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, the patient remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

Prior to Your Appointment:

Please inform us of any change in your health and/or medical condition.

Tell us about any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult for you. It may limit the effectiveness of the nitrous oxide/oxygen.

Let us know if you are taking any medication on the day of the appointment.

The patient should NOT have any food or drink at least 2 hours prior to their appointment.