Nitrous Oxide Sedation
We frequently see patients who are afraid to sit in the dentist chair, but we are able to help all of them receive treatment. With nitrous oxide sedation, you will be able to relax comfortably through any procedure.
What Is It?
Nitrous oxide sedation is commonly known as laughing gas. It is the mildest type of sedative, keeping you awake but making you feel relaxed and comfortable. In order to administer nitrous oxide, a mask will be placed over your nose. This will allow you to inhale the sedative during the procedure. We manage the amount of sedation throughout. Once we remove the mask, the effects of sedation wear off almost instantly. You’ll even be able to drive yourself home after treatment.
Who Can Receive Nitrous Oxide?
We usually use nitrous oxide sedation for patients who have a fear so severe that it prevents them from otherwise receiving treatment. These patients can receive sedation for procedures ranging from fillings to extractions. For phobias, sedation is also an option for checkups and even cleanings.
Nitrous oxide sedation is also useful for patients in other situations. For instance, if you have a particularly low pain threshold or sensitive teeth, you may require sedation as well as a local anesthetic for certain treatments.
We also use nitrous oxide sedation for patients with disabilities who are unable to sit still in the dental chair and for patients with a strong gag reflex. Finally, it can be an option for extensive dental work that takes several hours to complete.
Nitrous Oxide for Children
Nitrous oxide is completely safe for children. It can be a good choice for very young or anxious children, especially those who have had bad experiences at the dentist before. Our pediatric dentists are trained and qualified to offer nitrous oxide sedation to children of all ages.