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Nitrous oxide sedation is a comfort option for patients with dental anxiety. Your Duncansville, Pa., dentist may recommend nitrous oxide or conscious sedation dentistry if you have mild to moderate dental anxiety, or if you have trouble sitting still in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedation methods, and it is used for both children and adults.

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We like to choose only the healthiest people because conscious sedation involves taking some health risks. So that’s why I have pretty much moved to Ativan to use that                              

absolutely painless, comfortable procedure here and after a bit, you will realize that you don’t need the drugs and it will still be painless.

Your physical health has a lot to do with whether you are a good candidate for conscious sedation.                  

as an out of office adjunctive procedure because it’s not as dangerous. The drugs used for conscious sedation, the Triazolam and things like that can cause problems in people who aren’t very healthy and I prefer not to take risks with your health, I don’t want to take them with my health and I certainly don’t want to take them with your health. If you need something to help relax you, we can do that with the Ativan and Nitrous Oxide combined, if necessary, and the painless Novocaine, I promise you will have an                                

Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that acts as a sedative and calms the central nervous system. Nitrous oxide is actually mixed with oxygen and delivered through a small mask that fits over your nose or mouth. Nitrous oxide is also called “laughing gas”. Nitrous oxide effects include heaviness or tingling in the limbs, feeling light-headed, and sleepiness.

Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you to sleep; in fact, you are fully conscious through the procedure and can respond to requests and directions from your dentist. After your dentist removes the mask, the sedation effects should be reversed in a few minutes.


terrified and they say “we want to be put to sleep”. I don’t put people to sleep. We offer conscious sedation, we offer nitrous oxide or laughing gas and we also offer Ativan and                    

afraid any more”. So we can help you with your dental fear, we can help you overcome it, we can help you deal with it when we first start too. You come on in and we’ll help you with that.

I have a very happy and compassionate staff but there are some people who are absolutely                             

the advantage of the Ativan is that we give you a prescription for it, you take it a couple hours before your dental appointment, a spouse or a friend brings you here, we put you in the chair and you lay there and you don’t care and we do your dental work and it wasn’t going to work to begin with and it still doesn’t hurt. When it’s all over, the person who brought you takes you home, you go to sleep and sleep it off. Ativan is also an amnesiac so a lot of times you wake up after sleeping off your Ativan and wonder if you ever made it to the dentist and that’s okay with us because we know that you won’t need it for a long time, you will get more comfortable with us, you will begin to understand that we are offering you painless dentistry and you will begin to trust that fact. A lot of our patients after having used Ativan two or three times just start coming in and saying “go ahead, I’m not                                          

The right method and amount of sedation that will help you relax depends on your level of anxiety, medical history, and overall health. In general, nitrous oxide is prescribed for people with mild anxiety and those undergoing routine procedures like fillings and root canals.

Sedation is recommended for patients whose fear or anxiety is keeping them from receiving dental care. Conscious sedation is also great for people with low pain thresholds, bad gag reflexes, very sensitive teeth, and those who can’t sit still in the dental chair.

Call 814-693-6777 now to make an appointment.