Nitrous Oxide Sedation - Poquoson, VA

Who can receive Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

A type of conscious sedation, nitrous oxide can make you comfortable in the dental chair when you would normally feel nervous or anxious. It’s one of many tools dentists use to help you get treatment that can improve your oral & overall health.

It’s quite common to feel fear, apprehension or embarrassment at the dentist, & we encourage our patients to tell us when they feel this way. We do everything we can to maximize your comfort & eliminate your worries at every dental appointment.

What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

At our practice, we are happy to accommodate anxious patients. Our team uses nitrous oxide gas to ease your nerves & keep you calm while you undergo procedures. Nitrous oxide, also referred to as “laughing gas,” is a first-line treatment for dental anxiety that is safe, effective & has few side effects.

Nitrous oxide is not meant to knock you out. Instead, it will just relax you while the dentist works on your teeth. You will still be awake & able to respond to the dentist if they ask you any questions. Patients who receive nitrous oxide in the dental chair typically report feelings of comfort & wellbeing. You may also experience sleepiness, lightheadedness & a buzzing or tingling sensation in parts of your body.

Who can receive Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

While nitrous oxide is very safe, there are still some possible side effects. A few patients experience nausea or headaches from nitrous oxide. To avoid nausea, it is a good idea to avoiding eating for a couple hours before your procedure. If you begin to feel nausea, dizziness or any other bad feelings, tell the dentist right away & they will be able to quickly adjust the gas to a comfortable level. All in all, negative side effects from nitrous oxide sedation are neither severe nor common.

In some cases, nitrous oxide sedation may not be right for you. Women in the first trimester of pregnancy & individuals who suffer from COPD/emphysema should not receive nitrous oxide. Children can safely receive nitrous oxide for their dental treatments.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Overview

  • If you decide to have your dentist administer nitrous oxide, they will place a small mask over your nose that will emit a continuous stream of gas.
  • After that, it is as simple as regular breathing!
  • The mask will first deliver 100% oxygen & then gradually increase the dosage of nitrous oxide. You should feel the effects almost immediately.
  • During the procedure, the dentist can adjust the amount of gas at any time if they think you are getting too much or not enough. Our staff will monitor you throughout your treatment to ensure you are safe & comfortable.
  • When your treatment is finished & the gas is shut off, the effects will begin to disappear right away. It may take a few minutes to feel totally normal.
  • Once the effects have completely worn off, you will be able to drive yourself home!

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