Inhalation and Oral Sedation

Are you nervous about going to the dentist? You are not alone. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, over 40 million Americans avoid going to the dentist because of fear and anxiety. At Rigden Dental we understand and respect your feelings and encourage you to share your fears and anxieties with us. For all of our patients, we provide a comfortable and caring environment. We offer patients pillows and blankets for their comfort and encourage patients to bring headphones and music to listen to during procedures. At Rigden Dental, we understand that some patient's will need additional anxiety control and therefore offer both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.

Nitrous Oxide

Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry for its pain anxiety reducing effects. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects. The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. The gas (a nitrogen and oxygen mixture) is inhaled through a face mask. The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay comfortable. When the procedure is completed, Dr. Rigden will turn off the nitrogen and you will inhale only oxygen for five minutes.The effects of nitrous oxide will be gone once the mask is removed, so that you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.

Oral Conscious Sedation

For dentistry performed under oral sedation, Dr. Rigden will prescribe an oral sedative for you to take prior to your appointment, so you’ll be feeling relaxed by the time you sit down in the exam room.  We may also provide you with laughing gas—or nitrous oxide—during your appointment as a way to enhance the calming effects of the oral sedative. As with any time you are in our office, we’ll ensure that you’re feeling comfortable the entire time.