Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you feel nervous or worried? You’re certainly not alone—studies suggest that nearly 60% of people have some anxiety when it comes to receiving dental care. Thankfully, nitrous oxide sedation can help you overcome your fears so you can feel good about taking care of your smile. Your Grapevine sedation dentist offers this safe, easy, and convenient sedation option to help make every treatment from large procedures to simple cleanings more comfortable. Read on to see how nitrous oxide sedation can help you relax and enjoy your dental appointment.
Nitrous oxide is so well-known for how it helps patients feel light and content to the point of giggling that it’s more commonly known as laughing gas. This light form of sedation utilizes a careful combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen that’s delivered through a small mask placed over the nose. Almost immediately, your anxiety will melt away and you’ll feel completely relaxed and at-ease.
All throughout your treatment, your Grapevine dentist will carefully monitor how much nitrous oxide is administered to ensure you are as comfortable and safe as possible. Most patients feel so calm that they doze off. However, while you’ll remain conscious throughout your appointment, you won’t be aware of any sights, sounds, or feelings that would otherwise cause you to feel anxious.
One of the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation is that it doesn’t cause any lingering feelings of grogginess. When the mask over your nose is removed at the end of your treatment, the effects of the nitrous oxide will dissipate in a matter of a few moments. Many patients appreciate that they’re able to drive themselves home and continue enjoying their day normally. Of course, Dr. Martin will ensure that you’re fully awake, review your at-home instructions, and answer any questions before you leave our office.
There are a wide variety of people who can benefit from nitrous oxide sedation during their dental appointments, including those who:
However, nitrous oxide is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have elevated blood pressure, or glaucoma. Your safety is our top priority, so Dr. Martin will carefully go over your medical history for any potential complications before recommending nitrous oxide.
Don’t let your dental anxieties keep you from getting the care you need! Call us here at Smiles by Martin today to see if this sedation dentistry option is right for you!