Anti-Anxiety Sedation Dentistry

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Nitrous oxide inhalation sedation has helped many people who have previously avoided dental treatment, overcome their dental anxiety. Relaxation dentistry can help you to receive the dental care you need.

Relaxation dentistry is an option for people who have:

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Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available. It is a sweet-smelling colorless gas. Most people can a have nitrous oxide treatment. It is applied through a mask that fits snugly over the nose, approximately five minutes before the dental procedure. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety.

This sedation dentistry method is safe and well established. It provides a comforting effect and the patient will remain awake, in control, and able to communicate. The gas lessens anxiety, increases a patient's pain threshold, and reduces saliva flow and an overactive gag reflex that can be brought on by stress. Nitrous oxide is often used in pediatric dentistry.

How long do the effects of Nitrous Oxide last?

Nitrous oxide's sedation effect is felt within minutes, and the effect wears off within minutes after the gas is stopped. The sedation effect takes anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes to begin. About a third of patients may experience numbness in the cheeks and gums. After treatment, patients are free from the effects of the gas.

Laughing gas precautions

Two hours prior to use of the gas, patients should not eat. Nitrous oxide has few side effects. However, high doses can cause nausea in some patients. About 10% of patients do not achieve a nitrous oxide sedation benefit. Patients who are claustrophobic or have blocked nasal passages cannot effectively use nitrous oxide.

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