Going to the dentist can generate anxiety and fear for many patients, which is why light sedation during your treatment may be an effective solution to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Dr. Cathy Santone and Dr. Megan Dietz offer nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) to help you experience a completely relaxed and virtually pain-free procedure.
How Can Nitrous Oxide Sedation Help Me Alleviate My Fears?
A large number of Americans suffer from some degree of anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. In fact, many people are so nervous before their treatment, they may decide to forgo visiting the dentist altogether. This can ultimately lead to serious oral health consequences. If you have a dental phobia, or if you’re nervous before your appointment, our doctors and dental hygienists are trained to administer nitrous oxide sedation at safe and effective levels to help manage your anxiety throughout treatment. Our practice also utilizes calming techniques to make a patient’s visit more pleasant, such as the use of noise-cancelling headpohones and weighted blankets. We feel these amenities can be very effective at allowing patients to relax during their visit.
Nitrous oxide sedation may be administered for a variety of procedures, including:
- Dental Implants
- Dental Bridges
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Smile Makeovers
We are highly experienced with dental techniques that can help you overcome your dental fears and feel as comfortable as possible during your procedure.
Our dentists administer nitrous oxide to complement certain dental treatments, a substance commonly referred to as “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide should make you feel very relaxed during your appointment, and allow you to imagine you are somewhere else if feelings of anxiety or dread accompany your visit. Nitrous oxide is safely administered with oxygen by breathing through the nose. The calming and relaxing effects take place quickly and can easily be adjusted throughout the procedure depending on your personal needs. You are continuously monitored throughout treatment to ensure your safety and comfort. At the end of your procedure, you are given 100% oxygen, which removes the effects of nitrous oxide from your body. You should stop feeling the effects of laughing gas soon after your mask is removed, and can easily return to your normal, alert state within 10 minutes. After we confirm that the effects are gone, patients are able to drive home and go about their scheduled day. Those who received nitrous oxide during their treatment often report that the procedure was very quick and proceeded easier than expected.
If you experience fear or anxiety when visiting the dentist, nitrous oxide sedation may be an ideal solution for you. For more information, please contact our practice today and we will be happy to answer your questions.