Nitrous Oxide Sedation Overview
At Made Ya Smile Rayford, we're proud to provide sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide gas for our patients who experience anxiety over coming to the dentist. This mild sedative lets our patients enjoy calm, relaxing dental visits, whether they coming in for routine care or more complex dental treatments. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas, also known as "laughing gas" because of the feelings of euphoria it generates, is inhaled during your treatment and is a safe option for patients of any age. When you choose this sedation dentistry option, you will remain awake throughout your procedure. Once the procedure is complete, the gas will be turned off and you will return to normal. To find out how conscious sedation with nitrous oxide and other sedation options can make your visit with board-certified dentist Dr. Eric Capps more comfortable, schedule a consultation with our friendly team today.
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Best Candidates for Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide gas can be used in children and adults alike and is the most common dental sedation technique. We will review your medical history and medications, and go over your concerns to help you determine if nitrous oxide gas is a good option for your needs. Often, we pair nitrous oxide sedation with gentle local anesthetic techniques to keep our patients relaxed and minimize discomfort during treatment. We can use nitrous oxide gas during your routine cleaning visits and also for more extensive restorative or surgical procedures. Patients who have trouble breathing through their nose, respiratory conditions like COPD, more extreme dental fears, or additional health considerations may want to choose other sedation dentistry options to help reduce their anxiety.
What To Expect with Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Before your procedure, we will place a small mask over your nose through which the nitrous oxide gas will be administered. As you slowly inhale the gas, it will take effect almost immediately. Throughout your procedure, you will breathe in the gas while our team monitors your vital signs and your response to the sedation. We will make adjustments to the volume of nitrous oxide gas as needed to ensure that you remain comfortable and relaxed. You may feel euphoric or giddy and notice a feeling of warmth or tingling in your hands and feet while you are breathing in the gas. A local anesthetic is also commonly used alongside gas to numb treatment areas. Once we finish your procedure, we will turn off the gas and let your oxygen level return to normal.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Recovery
The effects of the gas will start to dissipate as soon as it is turned off. It only takes 3 – 5 minutes for nitrous oxide to leave the body, so there is virtually no recovery period for this sedation dentistry treatment. You are free to drive and resume normal daily activities directly after you leave your visit. Typically, patients do not experience significant side effects from sedation with nitrous oxide gas, but there is a possibility you may notice some fatigue, nausea, vomiting, sweating, chills, or headaches after your treatment. We suggest you try to eat a light meal or snack before your appointment and avoiding eating a large meal for at least three hours afterward. Following these recommendations can reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Insurance Coverage
Your dental insurance plan may include sedation with nitrous oxide gas as a covered benefit. We will check in with your provider before your visit to determine your specific coverage amounts. We accept most PPO insurance plans and are happy to file your claim for you. The business team at Made Ya Smile can also review our convenient payment options with you and provide information on how to obtain treatment financing through CareCredit®.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Positive and relaxing dental visits are within your grasp with nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide gas is a mild sedative that your entire family may be able to use, which leaves no after effects. To learn more about receiving nitrous oxide gas for your treatment with Dr. Eric Capps and the Made Ya Smile team, schedule your visit at our Spring, TX office today.