Inhalation Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation ("Laughing or Relaxing gas") has been used as the most frequent and primary means of sedation used in Dentistry for many years. Inhalation sedation is highly effective in the management of mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety. It also is an excellent technique in persons who are extreme gaggers; laughing or relaxing gas usually eliminates or minimizes gagging in most patients.  The procedure is simple; you arrive at the dental office, a mask is placed over your nose and the Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen mixture is regulated very precisely by a special machine. The mixture can be constantly adjusted to meet your needs. Inhalation Sedation is a safe and effective way of relieving the stress, fear and anxiety associated with going to the dentist.  At the end of the appointment, we give you pure oxygen to breathe for a few minutes, and you're ready to go. You can drive home, go back to work, or do whatever you want, because the effects don't linger. Being a gas, it is out of your system in a matter of minutes.

Advantages or Dental Inhalation Sedation:

  • Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
  • Rapid Onset
  • Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
  • Absolute Control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment.
  • People recover quickly
  • Very few side effects
  • There is an analgesic effect ("pain relief")
  • You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
  • You can return to normal activities immediately

Drs. Limbaugh and Stephenson are dentists providing dental procedures such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, teeth whitening, dental implants, and porcelain veneers in Huntsville.
Dr. Limbaugh and Dr. Stephenson are licensed as general dentists in the State of Alabama.