July 1, 2021
Do your palms sweat when it’s time to visit your dentist? Maybe you’re concerned about a painful upcoming procedure? No matter the driving force behind your anxiety, your dentist can help you relax with nitrous oxide; however, you have a few concerns. Don’t worry, nitrous oxide is a safe, effective solution. You don’t need to worry about being put to sleep or dealing with lingering side effects. Here’s what you can expect to calm your nerves before your appointment.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
You might know nitrous oxide by a different name – laughing gas. The inhaled sedative contains an oxygen mixture that provides sedative benefits. Your dentist places a mask over your nose, which allows them to control the amount administered. As you inhale, you’ll reach a deep level of relaxation, and all your worries will fade away. You might become so relaxed that you fall asleep, but you won’t be rendered unconscious. Many people say their limbs feel warm or tingly.
After the sedative is stopped, the effects will quickly dissipate. In fact, you can even drive yourself home from your appointment, so you won’t need to arrange transportation. Most people can resume their normal activities immediately because there are few side effects. In rare cases, patients can experience excessive sweating, shivering, nausea, and fatigue; however, they are short-lived.
Will Nitrous Oxide Put Me to Sleep?
Although it’s classified as sleep dentistry, nitrous oxide does not cause a patient unconsciousness. You might doze off, but you can be awakened easily to respond to the dentist’s cues and instructions. You won’t feel any anxiety or pain. The sedative can be used with a local numbing agent to ensure you don’t have any discomfort. The colorless and odorless substance will create a eutrophic feeling, so you’ll enjoy your time in the dental chair.
Am I a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is safe for most patients who have good general health. It’s often recommended for patients who have certain medical conditions because it poses minimal risks for complications, like high blood pressure or asthma. Your dentist will perform a consultation to ensure it’s a safe option for you based on your needs. Nitrous oxide is often suitable for patients with specific situations, such as:
- Dental-related fears or phobias
- Strong gag reflex
- Difficulty laying in one position
- Jaw pain
- Certain medical conditions
Sit Back and Relax with Nitrous Oxide
If you’re not comfortable visiting your dentist, they can create a stress-free appointment with nitrous oxide. Ask your dentist about the benefits of laughing gas during your next visit.
About John T. Thompson
Dr. Thompson earned his dental degree in 1985 at the Baylor College of Dentistry. He has completed hundreds of continuing education courses in many specialties, including sedation dentistry. Due to his academic and career excellence, he is an award-winning dentist for exceptional care. He understands dental-related fears aren’t any laughing matter. If you need a compassionate dentist you can trust, contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for nitrous oxide.
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