Here at Sunny Smile Dental, we frequently see patients who have some form of dental anxiety. Whether they had a bad experience as a child or they’ve heard horror stories from their friends, their fear often keeps them from receiving the care they need to maintain optimal oral health. While Dr. Lee and her team radiate a positive and welcoming attitude, some of our patients need a little help relaxing in the dental chair. That’s where nitrous oxide comes in. With this treatment, we can safely soothe your dental anxiety and help you get the care you need to keep your smile healthy. If you think you or your child could benefit from nitrous oxide sedation, give us a call today!
Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is an odorless, colorless gas that has been used for decades to soothe anxiety in countless dental patients. This method of sedation has long been deemed safe for patients of all ages. We mix this gas with oxygen and administer it through a cannula that is placed in your nose. You won’t be put to sleep, exactly; you’ll still be awake enough to respond to any requests your sedation dentist in North Dallas may have during your procedure. However, chances are you won’t recall any details of your treatment later on.
We’ll place a small mask over your nose through which you’ll inhale the gas. Within just a few minutes, you’ll begin to feel its effects. Most of our patients report feeling a sense of warmth and happiness, or even feeling like they’re floating. Nitrous oxide also lowers a patient’s ability to feel discomfort and can even suppress the gag reflex, making undergoing dental treatment significantly easier.
Once we’re finished, we remove the mask and take you to the waiting room. The effects of the gas will wear off in half an hour or less, allowing you to resume your day as normal after your appointment. You won’t even need someone to drive you to and from our office.
One of the primary advantages of nitrous oxide sedation is that virtually anyone can be a great candidate for it. Nitrous oxide may be right for you if you experience any of the following:
Unfortunately, there are certain situations where nitrous oxide is not recommended, which include: