Minimal sedation allows the patient to relax but doesn’t put them to sleep. Minimal sedation can include the use of nitrous oxide (also called laughing gas) or oral sedation which will make you pleasantly drowsy.
Nitrous oxide typically wears off quickly, so your dentist will provide you with a steady yet carefully controlled supply during your procedure. If your dentist provides you with an oral sedative, you will be instructed to take your pill roughly one hour before your procedure.
While you may be able to safely drive yourself home after receiving nitrous oxide, you should arrange for someone else to drive you home if you consume an oral sedative. Your dental team will review your particular situation with you, and provide you with personalized instructions, before your sedation dentistry appointment.