Nitrous oxide a type of sedative gas that can be used to keep you calm and relaxed during dental appointments. This sedative option is safe and effective for most patients, even children.
The level of nitrous oxide you receive is specific to your needs and is monitored throughout your procedure. You can request nitrous oxide sedation at any time while visiting with us.
Why is Nitrous Oxide Sedation needed?
You may want nitrous oxide sedation if you’re nervous about visiting the dental office or if you have a tendency to panic while having work done. Nitrous oxide works effectively to put you into a semi-conscious state where you’re completely relaxed and comfortable while work is being done. Nitrous oxide may be necessary for more invasive procedures or for children who have a hard time sitting still in the dental chair. This sweet-smelling gas has been used for years with great success to dental patients.
What makes you a good candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Prior to having nitrous oxide sedation, you’ll have a consultation and exam with us. We will go over your health and medical history and ask about any medications you might currently be taking. You can choose to make use of nitrous oxide at each of your subsequent dental appointments or only for more invasive procedures. Nitrous oxide can be ideal for pediatric patients as well as adults and seniors.
What happens when receiving Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
You will first be seated comfortably in one of our examination chairs. We will administer the nitrous oxide through a facial mask that fits over your nose. You will notice that nitrous oxide has a slightly sweet smell to it. You’ll soon feel very relaxed and comfortable, in a slightly dissociative-like state. We will continue to monitor you during the procedure and can administer additional nitrous oxide as needed. It’s important that you have a friend or relative bring you home after the procedure as you may be too impaired from sedation to drive yourself.
If you’re interested in nitrous oxide sedation and would like to learn more about this option, call our office today and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.