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Which is better, oral sedation or nitrous oxide? When is nitrous oxide enough, and when should you consider getting oral sedation? How much does each of these types of sedation cost, and what are the potential side effects?

We can answer all of these questions and more during your free consultation, but here’s some general information.

Nitrous Oxide / Laughing Gas
Nitrous oxide is the lowest and least expensive form of sedation in dentistry. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous can help relax you during your dental appointment. We administer it through a nosepiece, and when your dental procedure is over, we give you oxygen to revive you.

Nitrous oxide can be used by itself, or with Novocain. Many of our patients who are afraid of dental visits even use nitrous oxide for cleanings.

If you have dental anxiety, nitrous oxide can help take the edge off, so that your dental visit is stress-free and more comfortable.

Oral Sedation / Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation is a higher level of sedation – more powerful than laughing gas, but less powerful than IV sedation (which our dental office also offers). We administer oral sedation by giving you a pill, which you take before your dental appointment. You’re conscious and can respond to questions, but you’re not as aware of what’s going on. After your dental appointment, you’ll have little memory of it.

Oral sedation is great for more complex procedures, such as tooth extractions, dental implants, and crowns and bridges. It’s also effective for people who are extremely afraid of the dentist, have a strong gag reflex, difficulty keeping their mouth open or have a physical disability that makes it difficult to tolerate dental treatment.

Which level of sedation is the right one for you – oral sedation or nitrous oxide? Let’s talk about it in a free consultation.

At our dental offices, we accept most types of dental insurance, and we’re in network, as preferred providers for some as well.  Contact us to find out more about coverage options regarding: Metlife, Aetna, Cigna, Guardian, Delta Dental, United Concordia, United Healthcare, and Humana.

For information about oral sedation and nitrous oxide, or to schedule a free consultation, please call the office nearest you:

Mesa - Modern Dentistry East Valley, near S. Stapley Dr and E. Baseline Rd., (480) 359-3827

Please Make Note: Our dental offices are in Mesa, near Gilbert.