Nitrous Oxide Sedation Candidates
By Frank Avason, DMD on December 04, 2018
If you experience anxiety before a dental visit, you are not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from this phenomenon. Fortunately, those who experience dental anxiety can take advantage of sedation dentistry at our Denver, NC practice. Today, our team will discuss nitrous oxide sedation candidates and explore the benefits of this relaxation-inducing option.
What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless gas. Also referred to as laughing gas, it is commonly used during dental procedures to induce a state of relaxation and calm.
How Is Nitrous Oxide Administered?
To administer nitrous oxide, your dentist will place a mask over your nose and ask you to breathe in normally. Most patients begin to feel the effects within three to five minutes.
This may include feeling as though you are “sinking” into the chair. You may also feel tingling in the extremities, particularly the fingers and toes.
Your doctor can adjust the dosage according to your needs during the entire treatment process, keeping you comfortable throughout the procedure.
Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
Virtually anyone who is nervous or anxious about dental work is eligible for nitrous oxide. This sedation option may be especially beneficial for individuals who have:
- Extensive treatment plans
- Sensitive teeth
- Difficulty getting numb
- A phobia of needles
- A fear of the dentist
- Suffered traumatic past dental experiences
- Difficulty controlling movement
If any of the above apply to you, nitrous oxide can help you have a more comfortable experience. Though patients who choose this option will still be conscious, they typically feel much more carefree and relaxed.
When Is Nitrous Oxide Not a Good Option?
There are some instances in which patients may not qualify for nitrous oxide sedation. For example, your dentist will review your health history in detail to determine your eligibility for this type of treatment.
You may not be a candidate for nitrous oxide if you:
- Are pregnant: Women who are expecting should not receive nitrous oxide.
- Have nasal congestion: Patients who have a stuffy nose may not be able to receive the full effects of nitrous oxide.
- Suffer from a respiratory disease: Individuals with bronchitis or respiratory diseases should not undergo nitrous oxide. This sedation option slows breathing, which can cause complications if your lungs are compromised.
- Take certain medications: Many medications can be taken in conjunction with nitrous oxide with no complications. However, there are certain drugs that may counteract with the laughing gas. That is why it is extremely important to inform your dentist of all medications and supplements you are currently taking.
Contact Avason Family Dentistry Today
Do you lose sleep the night before a dental visit? Do you drive white-knuckled to the office? Do your palms sweat in the waiting room? If so, nitrous oxide could be an excellent solution for you.
To learn more about this sedation option, or to schedule a consultation at our practice, contact Avason Family Dentistry by calling (704) 820-9797.
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