What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
If you have skipped dental visits because of a fear of the dentist, you are not alone. At Gibson Dental Care, we want all of our patients to feel comfortable visiting our practice in Lancaster, PA, which is why we feature nitrous oxide sedation for complex dental procedures and help those with dental anxieties and fears feel more at ease when receiving general care. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is a simple sedation technique that can help you relax safely during your appointment. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is used by our dentists to keep you awake while being completely relaxed. If visiting the dentist produces fear or anxiety, nitrous oxide sedation may be a good fit for you. Please schedule a visit at our caring dental practice to learn more about nitrous oxide gas and other sedation dentistry options.
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Best Candidates For Nitrous Oxide Sedation
N2O is one of the most common sedation techniques that can be utilized safely on both adults and children. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, our dentists will go through your medical history, current medications, and any concerns you may have to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is indeed a good fit for you. Nitrous oxide sedation may be utilized during complex or routine procedures to help minimize any fear or anxiety you may have toward dental treatment or that may be keeping you from seeking oral care. Nitrous oxide gas might not be right for you if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, COPD, or other similar health concerns.
N2O Treatment Process
Before your procedure begins, one of our talented team members will administer nitrous oxide to you using a nasal hood. As you inhale the gas, it will quickly act and begin relaxing you. We will carefully observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the volume as needed during your procedure so you stay comfortable. You might notice tingling in your arms and legs, along with a feeling of warmth, euphoria, or well-being as the N2O begins to take effect. Nitrous oxide is typically used along with a local anesthetic (such as lidocaine) to deaden sensation in the teeth, gums, or bone. When the procedure is done, the gas will be shut off and the effects will begin to subside shortly after.
After Nitrous Oxide Sedation
After your procedure, you should begin to recover from nitrous oxide sedation almost immediately because the medication is typically eliminated from the body in under five minutes. You should be able to drive and resume your daily activities when you leave our office. While side effects are uncommon, you may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Do not hesitate to call our Lancaster, PA office if you have any concerns or side effects lasting longer than a few days. To decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting, our dentists suggest you eat a light meal before your procedure and then wait about three hours after your appointment before eating a large meal.
Get Dental Treatment Comfortably
If you skip routine dental appointments or are accepting to "just live with" oral discomfort because of anxiety, please schedule a consultation at Gibson Dental Care in Lancaster, PA to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation. Our highly trained dentists and staff will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about sedation dentistry.