Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Halifax, NS

Do you avoid seeing your Halifax dentist because of dental fear or even a phobia?

If so, you aren’t alone. Dental fear is common and can be caused by a variety of reasons, including previous negative dental experiences. Although we sympathize with your anxiety, avoiding the dentist isn’t the answer to this problem. Regular dental visits are important to keeping your mouth healthy since oral health problems can occur without your knowledge. Decay and gum disease are just a few of the oral health problems that can arise with little or even no symptoms. By avoiding minor visits to the dentist, you may be creating one large situation later in life. Your dentist in Halifax can check and treat mouth’s health problems and reduce the potential impact on your oral health.

Dr. Daniel Tam offers a number of sedation method to help reduce anxiety and pain during your visit. Our two main types of sedation are Nitrous Oxide Sedation and Conscious Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation
You may know Nitrous Oxide Sedation under its more commonly used name, laughing gas. It promotes relaxation during your procedure and is administered via a face mask. As you inhale the gas, you will likely receive the effect of an elevated state of euphoria and relaxation which drastically reduces experienced pain and discomfort. Once the face mask is removed, the sedative effects quickly wear off and you should be able to resume your daily activities.

Conscious Sedation
Unlike Nitrous Oxide Sedation, oral Conscious Sedation is given prior to your procedure. You will take an oral sedative, typically in a liquid form, approximately one hour prior to your scheduled appointment. When you arrive at our Halifax dental office, you will likely be in a relaxed state already. It is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during their procedure due to the relaxing effects. However, these sedative effects take longer to wear off so you likely want to arrange a ride home.

Dr. Daniel Tam will help you choose the appropriate sedation method for your needs. Contact our office to learn more about our sedation options.
Last Updated On 2019-12-09