Do your palms sweat when it’s time to visit your dentist? Maybe you’re nervous about an upcoming procedure? There isn’t any reason to fret. Your sedation dentist in Hulen can help. Many patients struggle with dental-related fears and phobias about upcoming appointments, but you can breathe a sigh of relief with nitrous oxide. Better known as “laughing gas,” the inhaled sedative allows your anxieties and apprehensions to slip away, so you can feel comfortable and stress-free during your visit, but is it right for you? Here’s what you need to know to determine if you’re a candidate for nitrous oxide.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is an odorless and colorless gas that has been used as an inhaled sedative since 1844 to help alleviate acute pain, such as during tooth extractions or minor dental procedures. It has held a commonplace in dentistry for decades because it works quickly and dissipates just as suddenly without any lingering side effects.
Nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a mask placed over the nose. This allows your dentist to cater the amount delivered to your specific needs to reach a high level of relaxation. You’ll still be aware of your surroundings and able to communicate, but you won’t feel any anxiety. Instead, many patients report feeling an elevated sense of well-being and a light tingling sensation.
Am I a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of all ages, including children and the elderly. It’s an effective option for patients who have mild dental angsts. Although it can help relieve pain, it shouldn’t be used solely as a numbing agent. Your dentist will discuss your concerns and evaluate your treatment plan to ensure nitrous oxide can meet your needs.
You might benefit from nitrous oxide if you experience or have any of the following:
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Extreme anxiety
- Inability to follow instructions
- Inability to sit still
- Need multiple dental treatments
- Have low pain tolerance
- Have a strong gag reflex
Who Isn’t a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
Your dentist has undergone special training to administer nitrous oxide sedation. Studies show the amount delivered in a dental setting is not hazardous; however, there are some situations that may increase the risk of adverse complications. Nitrous oxide isn’t recommended for women during their first trimester of pregnancy. In addition, if you have emphysema or have recently had ear surgery, you should avoid the sedative.
Sit Back and Relax
You don’t need to feel anxious about your upcoming dental procedure. Your dentist can help you conquer your fear with nitrous oxide. See if you’re a candidate for sedation dentistry today.
About Dr. Renee Corbitt
Dr. Renee Corbitt treats patients of all ages using modern dental care. She has undergone advanced training in many areas of specialty, including sedation dentistry. She offers nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help her patients enjoy their time in her office. If you have dental-related phobias, contact our office today.