When is the last time you went to the dentist? Have you been purposefully avoiding a trip to the dentist out of fear or anxiety? If so, there’s no better time than now to learn about how sedation dentistry can make it possible for you to overcome your fear and anxiety in order to take good care of your teeth.
At Overmeyer Family Dental, we offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, to patients who need a little help feeling comfortable while we ensure their mouth is in good shape. You can learn more about this helpful tool below.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) For Dental Procedures
If you’re interested in dental sedation for an upcoming dental visit or procedure, you can rest assured it’s completely safe. At our Orlando, FL dental office we can use nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it’s commonly called. This sedation method is so safe we can use it on children and adults. We can use nitrous oxide to make you more comfortable during just about any procedure, from teeth cleanings to tooth extractions.
Nitrous oxide is an odorless and colorless gas that works to make you more comfortable by calming your central nervous system. The gas is administered through a mask that we gently place over your nose. Just breathe normally and let the laughing gas take effect almost instantly.
You will wear the mask throughout the procedure to ensure you stay relaxed and comfortable. We can adjust the amount of gas being administered easily, if necessary.
What Does Laughing Gas Feel Like?
The exact effects of nitrous oxide vary from person to person. Most people describe first feeling warm and heavy, then feeling some tingling or numbness in their hands, feet, and mouth. Some people have also reported some ringing in their ears. However, most patients describe feelings of happiness and being carefree.
You’re still conscious while under the effects of nitrous oxide sedation. You shouldn’t fall asleep or feel ill. Once the cleaning or treatment is complete, you’ll remove the mask and the effects of the sedation will immediately start to reverse.
You should feel normal right away but sometimes it takes a bit longer to recover, especially after a long or complicated dental procedure. In those cases, we recommend you have someone drive you home.
Benefits Of Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation
There are several benefits to using nitrous oxide during a dental procedure. For one, laughing gas relieves tension and anxiety you may otherwise experience while in the dental chair. Secondly, nitrous oxide is one of the safest options available for dental sedation.
Our patients also particularly like that they’re still fully conscious and awake, but much more relaxed and at ease. That way they have an idea of what is going on.
Who Can Benefit From Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is particularly helpful for patients with dental anxiety. It’s also a great option if you have a fear of injections. Particularly for young patients, there’s often no need for a local anesthetic when nitrous oxide is being used.
If you have a very strong gag reflex you may also benefit from sedation dentistry. A sensitive gag reflex can make it a bit more difficult for us to perform a procedure without making you uncomfortable. Nitrous oxide can turn your gag reflex into a non-issue!
Additionally, with sedation dentistry, we may be able to get more work done in one sitting than we would without it. Because you feel more comfortable and are less likely to become restless, nitrous oxide may save you the trouble of additional office visits.
Learn More About Nitrous Oxide & Sedation Dentistry Today
If we’ve piqued your interest and you think you may benefit from sedation dentistry and the use of nitrous oxide during a dental procedure, call Overmeyer Family Dental to learn more today. When you visit our office we can find out if you’re a good candidate for dental sedation.