What is better, laughing gas or oral sedation?

Deciding between laughing gas and oral sedation is an important decision that should be made in consultation with your dentist. Both methods of sedation are effective for relieving anxiety and helping you stay relaxed during dental procedures. Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide, is a mild sedative administered through a mask that you breathe in. It works quickly and wears off shortly, meaning that it's ideal for shorter procedures. Nitrous oxide is also relatively inexpensive, making it a cost-effective option. Oral sedation involves taking a pill prior to the procedure that will help you relax. It's a great option for those with moderate to severe anxiety, or for procedures that take longer than an hour. Oral sedation is stronger than laughing gas, so it may take longer for the effects to wear off. Your dentist will be able to provide you with more information on which sedation method would be best for you, so make sure to ask any questions you may have. Both laughing gas and oral sedation are safe and effective, so you can be assured that either option will work for you.

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