Dr. Cassie Allison and the rest of our dental team are committed to making each of your dental visits as enjoyable as possible. We understand that dental anxiety or fear of the dentist is a common issue, which is why we offer nitrous oxide sedation dentistry at our Colleyville, TX dental officee. This is great for dentistry patients of all ages who want a way to kick back, relax, and smile in comfort during their dental appointments. Read on to learn more about how nitrous oxide allows you to get the quality dental care you need.
Nitrous oxide is known as “laughing” gas because it makes you feel light, relaxed, and even a little giggly. This form of dental sedation is a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which is administered through a comfortable nasal mask that is worn throughout your appointment. During sedation, you will simply breathe as you normally would. Nitrous oxide is fast-acting, allowing you to enjoy its effects almost immediately. We will usually place the mask on before your treatment even starts so you can begin relaxing as soon as possible.
Nitrous oxide doesn’t put you to sleep, however you may reach a deep enough level of relaxation that you dose off. If this occurs, we can wake you with a light tap on the shoulder. You may feel slightly lightheaded or experience tingling in your arms and legs, but you’ll be comfortable and calm overall.
If you’re nervous or anxious about an upcoming dental visit, chances are that you’re a good candidate for nitrous oxide. That said, our sedation dentist in Colleyville usually recommends this treatment for mild anxiety or fear. If you would consider your nervousness moderate to severe, you may benefit more from a higher level of sedation. We may also recommend nitrous oxide if you have:
We do not recommend nitrous oxide for patients who are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or glaucoma. Certain health issues can cause adverse complications, which is why we will always review your medical history.
One of the best parts of nitrous oxide is that it does not cause any lingering side effects. Once we remove your nasal mask, the effects of sedation will wear off almost immediately. Also, you can drive yourself to and from our dental office without any worries and you’ll be able to resume your day-to-day activities. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!