Dental phobia is a real, widespread problem that can prevent patients of all ages from receiving important dental care, whether it happens because of a strong sense of discomfort in the treatment chair or a negative experience at a young age. To help patients and their families feel at ease again, Midtown Family Dentistry of Dallas offers calming sedation dentistry in our Dallas, TX dental office. To experience it for yourself, feel free to contact us and schedule a visit.
Nitrous oxide in Dallas is one of the best options for dental sedation. After all, this “laughing gas” is a safe and effective way to manage patient anxiety. It works so well, in fact, that most dentists who employ sedatives use it. Still, you may want to learn more about nitrous oxide before committing. (Doing so helps you know if the service is right for you.) As such, we at Midtown Family Dentistry have listed a summary of its details below. If you’re interested, then, keep reading or call our office to book a visit!
Most adults and kids can qualify for nitrous oxide sedation — the service is really safe! However, the gas works best for patients with conditions like:
Admittedly, there are some for whom nitrous oxide isn’t a good choice. Patients who’re pregnant, have sinus congestion, or take certain medications might face side effects. Therefore, we must review your medical history and check for potential complications. That way, we can decide whether nitrous oxide is the right option for you.
Applying nitrous oxide isn’t a complex process. In fact, setting it up only takes a few minutes at most.
For starters, you’ll inhale the gas through a nose mask we provide before treatment. This method ensures the sedative quickly enters your body. As the nitrous oxide starts to work, we’ll also monitor your vitals to confirm your continued safety.
Once the gas takes effect, you may feel light-headed, tingly, or even heaviness in your arms or legs. Whatever else you experience, though, you should be calm and comfortable during the procedure. You’ll also remain awake and lucid enough to answer the dentist’s questions or instructions.
Because its effects don’t linger, nitrous oxide doesn’t usually involve much aftercare. This fact is one reason many patients prefer it as a sedation method.
That said, you should still be careful after treatment. It can take a few minutes before nitrous oxide fully exits your body. Therefore, wait until you feel like your usual self before driving anywhere.
After the gas wears off, you can go ahead and return to your usual tasks — school, work, chores, etc. Remember, though, to follow any specific recovery instructions you receive. Otherwise, you might face unnecessary complications.
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