A significant number of Americans do not
visit the dentist for regular checkups because they are too
fearful or suffer from dental anxiety. Sedation dentistry offers
an excellent way to provide a safe, anxiety-free, dental
experience to those who are afraid of the dentist.
Here are some advantages associated
with Nitrous oxide:
Few side effects.
More can be accomplished
during each visit.
Procedures seem to take
Sedation dentistry is often mistakenly
thought to induce sleep. In fact, most sedatives allow the patient
to stay awake during the procedure. Sleepiness is a side effect of
some medications, but nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation and
IV sedation only work to calm anxiety throughout the dental visit.
What kinds of sedatives are available
at our practice?
The most popular types of dental sedatives
are nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. At
this time, we offer only Nitrous Oxide Sedation at our practice.
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used
as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is
administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide
elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of
well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain
during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may
be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide,
and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
If you have questions or concerns about
sedation dentistry, please contact our office.