What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry?
If you find yourself feeling mildly anxious before a visit to a dentist, know that you're not alone — many patients experience fears related to dental care, despite the fact that advancements in the industry have made receiving oral treatment a more comfortable and pleasant experience for many who want healthier smiles. To help our patients manage their dental fears and anxieties, Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX is proud to offer men, women, teens, and children access to helpful nitrous oxide sedation. Also called "laughing gas," this type of conscious sedation helps to calm your nerves and leave you in a relaxed state throughout your oral care. Nitrous oxide can be given to patients before a number of treatments, ranging from bi-annual cleanings to receiving a restorative procedure. Laughing gas leaves behind no side effects, making it safe for use on children, teens, and adults alike. If you're interested in learning more about your options for sedation to pacify your anxiety and allow you to receive the dental care you need, contact our Rosenberg, TX office and schedule an appointment with our skilled dentist.
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Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Gas?
Patients of all ages could qualify to receive sedation with nitrous oxide gas. This mild but effective solution can be paired with a local anesthetic to maintain your relaxation and comfort throughout your treatment session. If our dentist determines that nitrous oxide sedation meets your unique needs and improves your dental care treatments, then it may be incorporated into your bi-annual dental cleanings, oral surgeries, restorative procedures, or whatever other dental care treatments you may be receiving. Those with health concerns such as COPD, respiratory issues, or severe dental fears may not be a proper candidate to receive sedation with laughing gas.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation Work?
Before your treatment begins, you will be asked to recline back in a comfortable treatment chair. A member of our team will instruct you to breathe like normal once we place a mask comfortably over your nose. When the gas is inhaled, you will feel the effects almost immediately. Rather than feeling sleepy, patients under the influence of nitrous oxide typically experience a relaxed or happy sensation as well as tingling in the hands and feet. Throughout your treatment, a member of our team will carefully monitor the gas and adjust the quantity as needed to keep you at ease throughout the appointment. You may also receive a local anesthetic along with nitrous oxide sedation depending on the procedure you're having. Once your session is over, we will turn the gas off and stabilize your levels of oxygen. Laughing gas effects disappear rapidly once the gas is cut off, and you will feel normal within 3 – 5 minutes.
What to Expect After Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Within several minutes, the gas will be expelled from your body and you will be back to normal. Nitrous oxide does not carry any side effects, so you will be able to drive yourself home following your treatment and return to your daily activities. If you have received a local anesthetic along with sedation, we will advise you not to eat until the numbness has entirely gone away. Although it's rare, some patients may experience a headache, fatigue, chills, nausea, or vomiting. In order to reduce your chances of experiencing these effects, we suggest that you eat a light snack or a small meal before you come to our office for your appointment. You should not eat a large amount of food until 3 – 4 hours have passed after your visit.
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Covered by Insurance?
To determine if nitrous oxide is covered under your insurance plan, a member of our team will contact your provider and ascertain your benefits. Some plans may cover some of the costs of nitrous oxide. If you have any out-of-pocket costs, or if you don't have insurance, our Rosenberg, TX office will be more than happy to go over your payment options. We accept most PPO insurance plans as well as medical financing both through our office and CareCredit®.
Ease Dental Anxiety
At Made Ya Smile in Rosenberg, TX, our skilled team is proud to cater to the unique needs of each of our patients. For men, women, teens, or children who experience mild anxiety when receiving dental care, nitrous oxide could be an excellent solution. This safe and effective gas causes an elated, relaxed feeling, allowing you to get through your appointment with comfort and ease. If you'd like to learn more about an easy solution for your dental fears, contact our office and schedule a visit with our experienced dentist.