Before Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Please let us know if you have any of the following medical conditions before scheduling an appointment under nitrous oxide sedation. congestive heart failure, diagnosed vitamin B12 deficiency, chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, chronic asthma, bronchiectasis, pregnancy, hepatitis B or C, tuberculosis, macrocytic anemia, immune diseases, respiratory diseases, middle ear infections, or a history of substance abuse.
- Not suitable for clients who are claustrophobia.
- Realize that you won't be put to sleep with the sedation.
- Avoid eating or drinking for 6 hours prior to appointment (please do let us know if you have any diabetic conditions, you can have light low-fat food )
- Avoid caffeinated products, sugar, nicotine, no stimulants before coming in for treatment.
- Nitrous oxide can cause nausea, which may result in vomiting.
- On the day of your appointment, do not take any anti-depressants (unless your dentist is aware of them)
- Nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask. You must be able to breathe through the nose [blocked nasal passages, colds, ect., defeat the idea of using nitrous oxide for relaxation].
Nitrous oxide sedation is to be delivered by trained professionals to avoid the complications and side effects. Long term and recreation use of Nitrous Oxide can cause
- Reduced blood pressure
- Heart attack
- Vitamin B12 deficiency and anemia
- Nerve damage from the tingling sensation
After Nitrous Oxide sedation
- Recovery from nitrous oxide is rapid.
- The gas will be flushed from your system with oxygen.
- If you feel dizzy after the sedation, remain seated and the sensation should pass in a few minutes.
- Do not leave the office until your head feels clear and you are able to function (ie. Walk or drive) safely.
Before Oral Sedation
- The sedative will not put you to sleep, and you will be capable for responding during the procedure.
- Drug induced state of reduced awareness and may decrease your ability to respond while the drug effect lasts
- You can not drive under the influence of this drug so you will need a ride home after the procedure and have someone watch over you for the next 12 hours. This is mandatory and the person taking you home must read and sign the paperwork as well.
- Avoid caffeinated products, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, recreational drugs, sleep medications, no stimulants before and after24 hours of the treatment.
- No grapefruit juice 2/3 days prior due to its interaction with certain enzymes in the liver needed to properly metabolize the sedation medication.
- Have to disclose any sensitivities to medications that will be used during my sedation visit such as Benzodiazepines, Hydroxyzine and Zaleplon.
- You have to arrive 1 hour before your planned treatment to take your oral pill.
- For females: If you even have a remote chance of becoming pregnant, tell your dentist. If so, it is recommended to postpone the sedation appointment until the situation is established in order to protect the unborn child. It is best to pump and store the day before your appointment if you need a sedative visit while breast-feeding. Then, on the day of your visit, pump and discard, and utilize the day's worth of stored milk.