Do you feel slightly nervous about your dental visit? Have you ever wished you felt a little more relaxed during trips to the dentist but have just tried to deal with your mild anxiety? Rather than feeling stressed throughout your appointment, we encourage you to consider nitrous oxide. Our gentlest form of sedation, this option will just take the edge off of your nerves without affecting the rest of your day.
Nitrous oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas.” It is a gentle sedative in a gaseous form known for its mildly sweet taste and scent. When you visit us for your appointment, we will place a comfortable mask over your nose, which will administer the nitrous oxide when you inhale. Your dentist can easily increase or decrease the amount of nitrous you receive for customized sedation. The sedative will relax you and also provide an analgesic – or numbing – effect.
Nitrous oxide is considered safe for patients of most ages, including children, and offers a variety of benefits. Coined “laughing gas,” this sedative often causes patients to feel like giggling or to enjoy a sense of euphoria. Unlike other forms of sedation, including oral sedation and IV sedation, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once your doctor stops administering the drug. This means you will be able to return to your day’s schedule, rather than requiring a ride home. Additional benefits include:
Most patients make excellent candidates for nitrous oxide. Your sedation dentist, Dr. Lathrop, will need to examine you and speak with you about your health history and current health status. For example, if you are pregnant or suffer from certain health conditions, you and your dentist may need to agree upon an alternative solution.