Nitrous Oxide in Katy, TX

Nitrous Oxide

A Calm State

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.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

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.

The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide

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:

  • Due to its mask-based delivery, needle-phobic patients often opt for nitrous oxide in place of injection-based anesthetics
  • Nitrous oxide effectively assists patients who suffer from a strong gag reflex for less challenging treatment
  • Once inhaled, the nitrous oxide works almost immediately, quickly guiding you toward a tranquil state
  • You can achieve a feeling of relaxation for any type of treatment, from a dental cleaning or filling to a root canal, so you can feel comfortable attaining the dental care you need for a healthy, beautiful smile

Am I A Good Candidate?

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.

  • Schedule a Visit with Your Katy, TX, Dentist

    At Lathrop Dental Center, your dentist Dr. Lathrop offers sedation options for patients who suffer from mild to severe dental-related anxiety. Our compassionate team empathizes with your feelings and encourages you to visit us for a truly relaxing experience. To achieve comfortable dental care, contact us today at 832-437-3849, so we may schedule your appointment. We proudly serve Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and surrounding communities.

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