Is dental anxiety holding you back from getting the care your smile needs? Then nitrous oxide is for you. Diamond Dental in Newtown, Connecticut, offers free nitrous sedation with all of its procedures so you can relax while Ratna Vedullapalli, DDS, and Sukhjivan Bhatti, DDS, make your smile healthy. To learn more about how nitrous oxide can improve your dental experience, schedule a consultation today by phone or online.
Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” is a colorless and odorless gas that’s been used to reduce pain and anxiety in dental practices since the mid-1800s.
It’s mixed with oxygen and administered through a small mask that goes over your nose, which allows you to ingest it through normal breathing before and during your procedure.
Nitrous oxide is considered a safe sedation method and is the most used form of gaseous anesthetic in the world. The American Dental Association estimated in a 2007 study that 70% of dental practices used a nitrous oxide-oxygen sedation if they used any form of sedation at all.
The use of nitrous oxide to increase your comfort during a dental procedure is referred to as “sedation dentistry.” The team at Diamond Dental offer free nitrous oxide sedation with all of their procedures, allowing you to fully relax and get the best dental treatment possible.
Nitrous oxide has a number of calming effects. While inhaling nitrous oxide, you’re likely to experience:
Nitrous oxide doesn’t put you to sleep. Without any other additional anesthetic, you typically remain conscious during the entire time that it’s being administered. You’ll still be able to talk to your dentist and respond to any requests or directions he might have.
Nitrous oxide is a popular form of sedation because of how quickly and effectively it works. The effects are also entirely reversible and fade soon after the mask is removed. Patients can frequently drive themselves home shortly after undergoing a procedure with nitrous oxide.
Some patients have such strong dental anxiety that they avoid trips to the dentist altogether. While many dental issues can be avoided with good and consistent at-home care, it’s still absolutely essential to maintain regular visits with your dentist.
There’s an incredibly long list of dental problems that can develop in spite of regular brushing and flossing, some of which can lead to larger health problems if left untreated.
For those with dental fears, nitrous oxide and sedation dentistry provide a way to overcome their anxiety and get the treatment their smile needs.
To learn more about how nitrous oxide can improve your oral health, schedule an appointment with Diamond Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.