Nitrous Oxide

Commonly known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is the lightest form of sedation. This type of sedation is offered as a gas that is inhaled during the procedure for a light relaxing effect.

Once the procedure is completed, the gas is completely “blown off”, with no after affect. If you feel comfortable, you can even drive yourself home afterward.

Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is our light to moderate form of sedation. If you undergo oral sedation, you will need to be accompanied by an adult or someone who will be responsible for driving you home after the procedure.

Oral sedation is typically taken in the form of a pill, one hour prior to your appointment. The oral sedation gives a calming, sometimes drowsy, effect and is usually used in conjunction with nitrous oxide.

IV Sedation

IV Sedation is an moderate sedation option for surgical procedures, but it also can be used for highly anxious patients. IV Sedation is the highest level of sedation that we administer in the office.  Dr. Claiborne has extensive training in IV sedation and has completed all requirements for the administration of conscious sedation as established by the Virginia Board of Dentistry.