How Does Dental Sedation Work?

Conscious Sedation And Nitrous Oxide In San Diego

nitrous oxide San Diego conscious sedation El CajonUnderstandably, many who first learn of dental sedation have questions about the safety of the procedure as well as the actual technical details of how dental sedation works. At Jeff Gray, DDS in La Mesa, we offer two methods of sedation dentistry: oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide. Both of these options have an outstanding record of success and safety and Dr. Gray has in fact successfully administered sedation dentistry for over 5,000 cases in the San Diego community. That should give you a little comfort when considering dental sedation.


“Laughing gas” is another term frequently used for this method of dental sedation (nitrous oxide). You may actually have had an experience with this sedation method as it is used in other medical procedures outside of dentistry as well. Nitrous oxide is administered through a mask placed over your mouth that helps you easily and comfortably breathe the nitrous oxide until you are relaxed enough to undergo your dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is a mild, but effective, dental sedation solution that has been in use for years with fantastic results.


The other dental sedation option we offer has also been employed for years and has a great track record of success. Oral conscious sedation can be administered in pill form or under the tongue for rapid absorption. Patients love oral conscious sedation dentistry because it is fast acting, comfortable and effective. It truly is remarkable that dental technological advances, including dental sedation, have brought us to the point where even those with severe dental phobia can get the high-quality dental treatments they need to achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

If you have any other questions regarding the safety or administration of oral conscious sedation or nitrous oxide, please feel free to call us or visit our La Mesa dentist office. We understand the intense anxiety many feel regarding dentistry and take the time to make sure every patient feels comfortable and confident when they visit our office. If you are in the San Diego – El Cajon area, please don’t hesitate!