Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Friendswood, TX

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry?

When it comes to getting dental care, many patients experience anxiety or fear. Though our team takes a gentle approach to all types of dental care, we are pleased to offer sedation dentistry services to help make your visits even more pleasant and relaxed. Nitrous oxide sedation, or "laughing gas," is a mild sedative that can be used to help patients of all ages feel calm and at ease when receiving dental procedures and even routine preventive care. This sedative is inhaled through a small nose mask and is safe for children, teens, and adults. Receiving nitrous oxide allows you to remain awake throughout the procedure, but you do not experience any aftereffects and return to feeling normal after the gas is no longer administered. Overcome your dental fear and get the care you need for a great smile with nitrous oxide gas. For more on this conscious sedation option, schedule your visit with general dentist Dr. Peter Nishino at Made Ya Smile Dental in Friendswood, TX.

What Are the Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Our team is happy to offer nitrous oxide to help individuals in Friendswood, TX feel at safe and ease during their dental services. The primary benefits of nitrous oxide sedation include:

  • Starts to work quickly, providing relief within a few minutes
  • Subsidies quickly, so patients may get right back to everyday schedules
  • Helps individuals feel calm amid oral services
  • Can tone down gag reflex, enabling procedures to be more pleasant
  • Administers the minimum quantity of sedation, thus individuals stay conscious
  • A low-risk option accompanied by a small number of side effects
  • Ideal for people of all ages

Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Gas?

Nitrous oxide routinely accompanies a wide range of dental procedures to help children and adults relax and overcome dental fear when receiving care. As a safe sedation technique, Dr. Nishino and our team control the amount of nitrous oxide gas received and adjust it as needed throughout your visit. If you or your family members experience dental anxiety, talk to our team about nitrous oxide sedation. Dr. Nishino will listen to your concerns and review your medical history to learn if nitrous oxide is right for your treatment needs.

Nitrous oxide may be the perfect complement to anything from a routine cleaning visit to tooth extraction. Nitrous oxide may not be recommended if you or a loved one has more intensive dental phobias, breathing problems, respiratory conditions like COPD, or other health concerns. To ensure your complete comfort, we usually use local anesthetic along with nitrous oxide sedation, depending on the type of care you are receiving.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation Work?

Nitrous oxide will help you feel relaxed and calm but does not produce major sedative effects and may be effective for dental fears that stem from a variety of factors. To administer the gas, we will position a small rubber mask over your nose and have you breathe normally throughout your procedure. Within minutes, you will begin to experience the effects of this sedation option. You may feel giddy and euphoric, and experience a warmth or tingling in your extremities but will return to normal once you are no longer breathing the gas. Dr. Nishino and our team will monitor the nitrous and oxygen levels along with your vital signs. We can raise or lower the amount of nitrous oxide you receive to keep you comfortable as needed. A local anesthetic may be used to numb your treatment sites and provide a comfortable all-around experience for your care.

What to Expect After Nitrous Oxide Sedation

When your treatment is finished, Dr. Nishino will turn off the gas and allow you to breathe in oxygen for a few moments. Since the gas dissipates from your body within about 3 – 5 minutes, you will not need to worry about going through a recovery period. You will be free to drive yourself and go about normal daily activities after receiving nitrous oxide sedation. Though most patients who have nitrous oxide gas for their care do not notice any side effects, there is a small possibility of experiencing headaches, nausea or vomiting, fatigue, chills, or sweating. Eating a small snack before your visit and waiting for a few hours to eat a large amount afterward can help minimize the risk of feeling nauseous or vomiting. Please get in touch with our Friendswood, TX office if you have any concerns or issues.

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Covered by Insurance?

Nitrous oxide sedation may be covered in part by your dental insurance plan. A member of our team will review your individual plan and let you know of any out-of-pocket costs. Made Ya Smile Dental in Friendswood, TX wants all patients to get the care they need to enjoy better oral health. We are pleased to accept several easy payment methods, including flexible financing options through CareCredit®.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation FAQ

Are you awake during oral conscious sedation?
Yes, you will be away during oral conscious sedation. Although you are awake, you should not feel any pain or discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation aims to help you feel relaxed and at ease during your dental treatment.

What shouldn't you do before undergoing conscious sedation?
Our team will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for oral conscious sedation. It is recommended that you refrain from drinking anything for eight hours prior to your appointment. Our team will review any medications you are currently taking to determine if you can continue to take them before your appointment. We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothes.

How long does oral conscious sedation last?
The effects of nitrous oxide sedation typically last for 12 hours following your treatment. It is normal to feel drowsy after receiving nitrous oxide sedation, so it is recommended that you have a trusted adult help you walk and drive you home.

Ease Dental Anxiety

Even if you fear visiting the dentist, Dr. Nishino and our team can help make your experiences comfortable, relaxed, and positive. Nitrous oxide gas offers mild sedative effects that let you stay awake and aware during your visit but does not leave any lingering effects. Safe for patients of all ages, nitrous oxide can be used to provide comfort in all types of dental procedures, from routine preventive services to surgical treatments. Get the treatment you need without the fear. Talk to our Friendswood, TX team today to learn more about having nitrous oxide sedation when receiving care at Made Ya Smile Dental.

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