What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
The caring team at ACE Dental of Hewitt understands that many individuals are anxious about visiting the dentist. To help patients feel more relaxed when receiving dental treatment, our qualified Hewitt sedation dentists are pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is a mild sedation dentistry technique that can help children and adults relax safely during dental procedures, whether they are visiting for routine cleanings or complex forms of care, such as oral surgeries. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a nasal mask and can allow individuals to feel more comfortable while still remaining awake throughout their procedure. If you or a loved one experiences dental fear or anxiety, we welcome you to schedule a consultation to learn more about sedation dentistry in Hewitt, TX.
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Who should have Nitrous Oxide Gas?
Nitrous oxide gas is one of the most common sedation dentistry techniques and can be utilized with little risk to adults and children. You may be a good candidate for N2O if you have mild to moderate dental anxiety or fear that makes you feel nervous when visiting the dentist or that has kept you from getting the care you need altogether. Prior to approving the use of nitrous oxide, our Hewitt, TX dentists will review your current medications, medical history, and any other concerns to ensure nitrous oxide gas is indeed a good fit for you. This sedation solution may not be a good choice if you have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through your nose, respiratory conditions, or similar health concerns.
How does Nitrous Oxide work?
Nitrous oxide sedation will be administered to you via a nasal hood (mask) before your procedure begins. As you inhale the odorless gas, it should act quickly and begin to take effect within minutes. A member of our well-trained team will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the amount as required throughout the appointment — so you remain at ease. You could notice tingling in your arms or legs, as well as a feeling of well-being, warmth, and euphoria, as the gas begins to take effect. Nitrous oxide is commonly used in conjunction with local anesthesia, like lidocaine, to numb your mouth and enhance your treatment comfort. After the procedure is complete, the gas will be turned off, and you will breathe in oxygen for a few minutes as the effects begin to fade.
What happens after Your Procedure?
Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation typically occurs very fast, as the gas is eliminated from the body in a matter of minutes. You should be ready to drive and resume your normal activities when you leave our office. Side effects are uncommon, but some individuals may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Please do not hesitate to call our Hewitt, TX team if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To minimize the risk of nausea, we suggest that you consume a small meal or light snack prior to your procedure and then hold off for around three hours after your appointment before eating a large meal.
What does Sedation Dentistry cost?
Some dental insurance policies may cover a portion of sedation dentistry services, such as nitrous oxide gas. If you have dental insurance, our office will review your individual coverage and let you know of any anticipated costs. To help make your care more affordable, ACE Dental of Hewitt accepts several convenient methods of payment, including special financing plans. Talk with our team today to explore budget-friendly solutions.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation FAQ
Are you awake during oral conscious sedation?
When you're under nitrous oxide dental sedation, you're awake. The sedation keeps you completely at ease and relaxed, so you don't feel any pain while receiving dental treatment.
What should you do before undergoing nitrous oxide for dental work?
You should refrain from drinking for eight hours before your scheduled appointment. However, you can still take all of your medications. We also advise you to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Call us to discuss any additional questions or concerns you have before your appointment.
How long does the sedation last?
It's common for sedation to last around 12 hours. It's normal to feel a little dizzy following, so we recommend you arrange for a trusted family member or friend to drive you home.
Be treated without fear With Laughing Gas
If dental fear or anxiety is standing in your way of a healthy, beautiful smile, nitrous oxide sedation may be a great complement to your care. Sedation dentistry at our Hewitt, TX practice can help calm nervous feelings associated with dental visits and help you get the treatment you need in peace and relaxation. Schedule a consultation with one of the experienced dentists at ACE Dental of Hewitt to learn if this sedation dentistry option can help you enjoy more pleasant trips to the dentist!