Nitrous Oxide and Dentistry

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One option in dentistry that many patients do not consider is sedation. Various types of dental sedation allow you to remain calm during your appointment, whether it is for a basic check-up or lengthy procedure. Many believe that this is only available for a small margin of patients, but in fact, it may be an option for you.

The most commonly used dental sedation type is Nitrous Oxide, also known as laughing gas. This gas is colorless, has a sort of sweet odor, and takes effect right away. It is a mild anesthetic that leaves patients awake, but very relaxed and drowsy. A mix of Nitrous Oxide and oxygen is provided through a mask, allowing the patient to directly inhale the substance.

Many patients can benefit from this service from our Nitrous Oxide dentist. It is useful for patients who may have trouble sitting in the dentist’s chair for the whole appointment, or must undergo a particularly long treatment or procedure. Patients who experience dental anxiety or phobia will likely benefit from the feeling of calm and relaxation that Nitrous Oxide provides. Furthermore, if you have a sensitive gag reflex, sensitive teeth, have difficulty getting numb, or suffer from chronic pain in nearby areas, this may be a good option for you. Talk to our Los Angeles dentist about this possibility ahead of your next appointment.

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What Does Nitrous Oxide Do?

It is not uncommon for patients to become anxiety-ridden at the idea of scheduling a dentist’s appointment, or even after they’ve arrived at the office. Some fear the possibility of pain or discomfort they expect to come from their cleaning or procedure. For these patients, our dentists in Los Angeles offer several types of dental sedation, one of which is achieved with Nitrous Oxide.

Minimal sedation requires you to breathe in a mixture of Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen. It will leave you relaxed, but still awake. This means that you will be able to communicate with the dentist if need be, and they will be able to ask you questions about your teeth or how you are doing. The most important feature is that you will likely not be able to feel any pain. Instead, you will likely feel a little loopy, which is why Nitrous Oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas”. It is the only form of sedation that wears off quickly enough that the patient may be able to drive themselves home or return to work.

Dental sedation is a great option for patients who:

• Have a slight dental phobia
• Have very sensitive teeth or a low pain threshold
• Have a strong gag reflex
• Are younger and may not be able to stay still in the dentist’s chair
• Require a large amount of dental work to be done in one sitting

Talk to our expert in Nitrous Oxide in Los Angeles to see if you can utilize dental sedation during your next appointment.