August 16, 2019

Soothe Your Dental Anxiety with Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 7:10 pm

woman receiving nitrous oxide

Have you ever avoided going to the dentist because the thought terrifies you? Do you seize up in fear at the idea of a dental team looming over you with instruments? If so, you’re far from the only person to feel this way. Many people avoid the dentist primarily out of anxiety. That’s why nitrous oxide was invented as a way to soothe patient’s worries. Read on as we explore the subject of nitrous oxide in more detail.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a gas administered to help make it easier for patients to receive the dental care they need. A mask through which you will breathe the gas will be placed over your nose. You will still be conscious, but a wave of relaxation will flow over you, allowing you to get the dental care you need stress-free. The dental team will closely monitor how much gas you are receiving throughout the procedure. Once it’s over, the mask will be removed, and the effects of the gas will fade in less than 15 minutes. After that, you will be able to drive yourself home or to work with no problem.

Do I Need Nitrous Oxide?

If you have even mild anxiety about being in the dental chair, your dentist will probably recommend nitrous oxide to soothe your fears. However, that’s not the only time it would be ideal. Laughing gas may also be appropriate for patients who:

  • Have trouble sitting still
  • Have sensitive teeth or gag reflex
  • Have a low tolerance for pain
  • Need a large amount of dental work completed at once

Does Nitrous Oxide Have Any Side Effects?

The Centers for Disease Control has reported that only a small minority of people experience any negative side effects from nitrous oxide. These effects are typically due to the nitrous amount being too high or the amount being inhaled changing too quickly. Potential side effects may include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Shivering
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and/or vomiting

Before you receive any sedation, make sure to talk to your dentist about any medical conditions you have or any medications you are taking to be sure that no harmful interactions occur. For example, patients who are obese or have sleep apnea may not be good candidates for nitrous oxide, as they might have trouble breathing during a procedure.

If you have been avoiding dental work due to anxiety, find out if your dentist offers nitrous oxide. It can help make getting the care you need a breeze.

About the Practice

At Allheart Dental, we understand that dental anxiety is a common problem. That’s why we offer nitrous oxide sedation at all four of our Texas locations: Red Oak, Irving, Grand Prairie, and Arlington. To get the dental care you need worry-free, contact us here.

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