What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
ACE Dental of Harker Heights strives to help all patients feel comfortable and relaxed during dental treatments. But we understand that many individuals feel anxious or fearful when visiting the dentist and may even avoid dental care altogether. To help our patients overcome dental anxiety and get the care they need, we offer nitrous oxide gas. This mild form of sedation, also known as laughing gas, can be inhaled throughout simple or complex dental procedures for a fast-acting, calming effect. Nitrous oxide sedation also allows patients to remain fully conscious and carries no concerning aftereffects. If you or a family member feels nervous about receiving dental care, schedule a visit with one of our qualified Harker Heights, TX general dentists to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation.
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Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Gas?
Laughing gas is one of the most common sedation techniques available and can be used safely in children and adults alike. Patients who experience dental fear, whether from traumatic experiences as a child, general sensitivity, or other reasons, may benefit from this mild form of sedation. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, our dental team will assess your concerns, current medications, and medical history to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. This dental sedation option might not be recommended for those who have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through the nose, or have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or similar conditions.
What Can I Expect During Treatment with Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide will be administered to you through a mask worn loosely over your nose. As you gently breathe in the gas, it will take effect rather quickly and should help you feel more relaxed within minutes. You might notice tingling in your outer extremities, as well as a feeling of warmth, euphoria, or well-being, as the gas starts to work. Our highly trained team will monitor your response to the gas and adjust the amount as needed during the procedure so you remain relaxed. Nitrous oxide sedation is often utilized in conjunction with local anesthesia for greater treatment comfort. Once the procedure is complete, the gas will be shut off and the effects should begin to fade almost immediately.
Is Recovery Needed After Getting Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation occurs quickly, as the gas is eliminated from the body within 3 – 5 minutes. You should be ready to drive and resume your normal activities as soon as you leave our facility. Side effects are uncommon, but you could experience symptoms, like headaches, nausea, vomiting, chills, sweating, or fatigue. Please call ACE Dental of Harker Heights if you have any questions or concerns. To reduce the chance of nausea, we recommend that you have a small meal or light snack before you arrive and avoid eating a heavy meal until several hours after your visit.
Will Insurance Pay for Sedation?
If you have dental insurance, we will call your provider to obtain your coverage information as it pertains to nitrous oxide sedation. This will help us calculate your expected treatment costs, which can be discussed with you ahead of time. ACE Dental of Harker Heights accepts many types of payment, including medical financing, to help make dental treatment and nitrous oxide sedation more affordable for you and your family.
Ease Dental Anxiety with Nitrous Oxide Gas
Getting the professional care needed for a healthy smile is important for your smile and general well-being. But many patients in Harker Heights, TX do not attend dental visits or ignore discomfort due to fear of the dentist. If this sounds familiar, we invite you to speak with our caring team about the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation. Please contact ACE Dental of Harker Heights today to learn more about this soothing solution.