Many people forgo timely and early treatment of simple conditions because of understandable anxieties and fear associated with the dentist’s office. However, this can result in preventable issues becoming chronic and advanced problems. There is no reason to allow these things to advance because of dental anxiety, since this is easily averted.
To relieve the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia, we offer oral conscious sedation and nitrous oxide sedation. Patients who feel stressed about dental work, as well as those who need multiple procedures performed in one visit, benefit from conscious sedation.
The procedure involves taking an oral sedative prior to your visit, then receiving nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to supplement the sedative effects. Your vital signs and comfort level are keenly monitored throughout your visit.
Nitrous Oxide and how does it work?
Commonly referred to as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used in surgery and dentistry to promote relaxtion and supplement anesthesia. It is known as "laughing gas" due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it. The administration of nitrous oxide is used to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. The gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) is inhaled through a face mask. The amount of gas that you receive is monitored and controlled by the dentist to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide decrease once the mask is removed, such that if the gas is the only anesthesia that you receive, you will very likely be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.
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