About Nitrous Oxide
If you have skipped dental visits because of dental fears or anxieties, we encourage you to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at Complete Family Dentistry. Our office in Wellsboro, PA offers nitrous oxide sedation for complex dental procedures and to help patients with dental fears and anxieties during standard visits. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is an effective sedation technique that can help you relax safely during your appointment. Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used by our team to keep you awake while helping you relax. Schedule a consultation with us to discuss the benefits of nitrous oxide.
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How Can Nitrous Oxide Help You?
Nitrous oxide is a common and popular sedation technique. We can use it with little risk for children and adults. Before approving the use of nitrous oxide, we will assess your medical history, current medications, and concerns to ensure nitrous oxide gas is the right choice for you. Patients can use nitrous oxide sedation for complex or short procedures. Depending on the procedure type, we may combine it with local anesthesia to help reduce potential discomfort. If you avoid coming to the dentist because of dental anxieties, nitrous oxide sedation can mitigate these fears. Nitrous oxide gas may not be a good choice if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar health concerns.
What To Expect
Before starting your procedure, we administer nitrous oxide through a mask. As you inhale the gas, it will quickly act and start relaxing you. A member of our team will observe your response to the gas and monitor your vitals. To ensure you stay comfortable throughout the procedure, we may adjust the amount of nitrous oxide. You can expect a tingling sensation in your arms and legs and a feeling of well-being, warmth, and euphoria as the N2O takes effect. We generally combine nitrous oxide with local anesthesia, such as lidocaine, to numb your mouth. After the procedure is complete, we turn the gas off and the effects start to subside shortly after.
Recovery from N2O sedation is usually immediate because the medication is eliminated within 3 – 5 minutes. Depending on the type of procedure, you should be ready to drive and resume your normal activities. Side effects are uncommon, but you might experience headaches, chills, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue. Please contact our team if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To minimize the risk of nausea, we recommend that you consume a light meal before your appointment and wait about three hours after you leave before eating a large meal.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If you avoid regular dental appointments or you experience dental anxiety, please consider scheduling an appointment to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at our dental facility in Wellsboro, PA. Our skilled team can happily answer your questions and reduce your concerns about sedation or dental anxiety at Complete Family Dentistry.