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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Altamonte Springs, FL

Conquer Your Dental Fear Today

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Do you feel nervous at the dentist? If so, nitrous oxide in Altamonte Springs can help calm your nerves. Better known as “laughing gas,” the inhaled sedative can take the edge off during your dental appointments. Simply inhale the colorless, odorless gas through a small mask that’s placed over your nose to reach a deep sense of relaxation. As the safest form of sedation, you can enjoy a convenient solution without dealing with lingering side effects. Although nitrous oxide is beneficial, it may not be right for everyone.

Who is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

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Nitrous oxide is safe for most patients who have good general health, including children. It can be a great option for patients who have unique needs when it comes to their dental care, such as:

  • Fear of needles
  • Dental-related fears and phobias
  • Difficulty staying in one position
  • Suffer from dental sensitivities
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Difficulty holding the jaw open

If any of these situations sound familiar, you may be a candidate for nitrous oxide. Your sedation dentist in Altamonte Springs will review your medical history and any medications you’re taking to ensure it’s safe and effective for your situation.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

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Before beginning your dental procedure, your dentist will place a small mask over your nose to administer a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. As you inhale, the effects will take effect quickly. You will feel at ease and maybe even a little drowsy. Some patients report feeling a tingling or warm sensation. As you sit back and relax, your dentist will perform the necessary treatment quickly while monitoring you throughout the process. Once your procedure is complete, the gas is turned off, and the mask is removed. In a matter of a few minutes, you’ll feel yourself. You can even drive yourself home, so you won’t have to make transportation arrangements.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

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Unlike other sedatives, you won’t have to limit your activities while waiting for the effects to dissipate. You’ll feel normal within a matter of minutes, so you can get back to your day. However, nitrous oxide can cause unsteadiness for a few hours. You’ll want to avoid anything requiring balance, like riding a bike.

Nitrous oxide is often used along with local numbing agents, which can take longer to wear off. As a result, you’ll want to be careful when eating and drinking to avoid biting your lips, cheeks, or tongue. Be sure to temperature check your foods and drinks to prevent accidental burns.

Depending on the nature of your procedure, you may have activity restrictions to allow your mouth to heal, but your dentist will discuss your aftercare instructions before you go home. If you have any discomfort after your treatment, take an OTC pain reliever. You can also apply a cold compress to the outside of your face to numb the area.

Don’t worry, your dentist will explain everything during your consultation to feel confident and relaxed about the road ahead.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation FAQs

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Dental sedation could be exactly what you need to make dental care the relaxing and comfortable experience you deserve. However, it’s only natural to have some questions that need answers before you’re ready to move forward with it! For your convenience, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about nitrous oxide sedation below so you can learn more. If you don’t see the information you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to answer your questions!

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe for Children?

One of the best benefits of nitrous oxide dental sedation is that it’s typically a great option for patients of nearly any age, young or old! In fact, nitrous oxide is the preferred method of dental sedation for children because it’s the lightest option. It’s also the easiest to control, has the lowest risk of side effects, and has practically no recovery time.

Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Put You to Sleep?

Like other forms of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide sedation does not put patients to sleep. However, patients sometimes feel so relaxed during their treatment that they drift off to sleep, but they can be easily awoken with a gentle nudge. Your memories of your time while sedated will be fuzzy, if you can remember anything at all. You’ll remain conscious with nitrous oxide sedation, but oblivious to the sights, sounds, and sensations that would typically cause you distress.

Will I Feel Any Pain with Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

While nitrous oxide sedation is not technically a pain-reliever, it does inhibit your body’s ability to perceive pain. We will likely numb your mouth with a reliable local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. You may feel some occasional pressure in your mouth as we work, but you won’t feel anything akin to discomfort.

Who Can’t Get Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

As we mentioned, most patients are good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. However, there are a few exceptions. We don’t recommend nitrous oxide sedation for patients who:

  • Are pregnant
  • Have a respiratory illness
  • Are currently experiencing nasal congestion
  • Are very young or very advanced in age
  • Have certain medical conditions that we will check for during your consultation.

What Does It Feel Like to Be Sedated with Nitrous Oxide?

Experiences with dental sedation vary from patient to patient. In the case of nitrous oxide sedation, most patients report feeling a wave of warmth and lightness wash over them within a few minutes of inhaling the sedative. Your limbs may feel slightly tingly, and most patients feel extremely content and at-ease. You may even feel so relaxed that you begin to giggle, which is where nitrous oxide earns the nickname “laughing gas!”