Sedation is used to control anxiety during dental procedures. Sedation differs from local anaesthesia (freezing), and the two are used together if any pain and anxiety are anticipated during a procedure. Sedation is used on a conscious patient who retains their ability to breathe on their own, unlike general anaesthesia. Depending on the degree of relaxation required, the sedation can be administered by inhalation (nitrous oxide or laughing gas), orally, or intravenously. The level of sedation is tailored to the needs of the patient and can be discussed with your dentist prior to any treatment. Our goal is to have you comfortable and relaxed during your dental appointments.