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Nitrous Oxide – Gainesville, FL

Enjoy Your Time at the Dentist

If you need a little extra help to relax during your dental appointment, nitrous oxide may be the solution for you. Better known as “laughing gas,” the mild sedative can calm your nerves, so you can sit back and relax during your dental procedure. Contrary to common misconceptions, you won’t spill all your secrets or be put to sleep. Instead, you will reach a deep level of relaxation, allowing your dentist to perform the necessary treatment quickly. Here's how nitrous oxide in Gainesville can help you enjoy your time in the dental chair.

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

Woman in dental chair using nitrous oxide in Gainesville

Nitrous oxide is safe for most patients who are interested in sedation dentistry and have good health. While side effects can occur, it’s very rare. As a result, nitrous oxide can be used in a variety of situations to help patients with unique needs, such as:

  • Dental-related fears or anxieties
  • Difficulty keeping the jaw open
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Need an invasive treatment
  • Suffer from dental sensitivities
  • Difficulty getting numb

Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of most ages. Although it’s considered the safest sedation, your dentist will review your medical history and any medications you’re taking to ensure it is right for you. Patients with certain conditions may not be a candidate for nitrous oxide, such as those with a history of respiratory illness, B-12 deficiencies, substance abuse disorders, or mental health conditions. If you have any pre-existing conditions, you may still be a candidate for nitrous oxide because your sedation dentist in Gainesville can cater the amount delivered to meet your exact needs.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work? 

Woman having consultation with sedation dentist

Before beginning your procedure, a small mask is placed over your nose to deliver the sedative. The mixture of nitrous oxide gas and oxygen will take effect almost immediately. As you inhale the odorless gas, you’ll feel more relaxed and maybe a little light-headed. Some patients report a tingling sensation.

Although you’ll remain coherent, you don’t have to worry about any pain. When used along with a local numbing agent, you’ll have a comfortable, pain-free appointment. Once your procedure is complete, the sedative is turned off, and the mask is removed. In a matter of minutes, you’ll feel the effects of the gas leave your body. You can even drive yourself home from your appointment. You won’t have to worry about any drowsiness, so you can resume your normal activities.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

Child benefiting from nitrous oxide at dentist

While you won’t have any lingering side effects, you can experience unsteadiness for a few hours, so you’ll want to avoid riding a bike or other activities requiring balance. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated throughout the day. If you have any soreness from your dental procedure, you can manage it using an over-the-counter pain reliever.

If you’re ready to conquer your dental fears to achieve the healthy smile you deserve, it’s time to see if nitrous oxide is an option for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for sedation dentistry.

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