Whether you feel apprehensive about receiving your dental treatment, or the procedure you require is a bit more extensive than routine treatment, we may recommend nitrous oxide sedation. Commonly known as “laughing gas” because of its feel-good, slightly euphoric effects, nitrous oxide is an inhaled sedative that is administered through a mask that is placed over your nose. As the sedative takes effect, you will begin to relax significantly, appeasing your anxiety and allowing you to receive the treatment you need to maintain or improve your oral health.
Light Sedation with Nitrous Oxide
Because of the unique way in which nitrous oxide is administered (it is inhaled through the nose, then immediately exhaled through the mouth), its effects are typically mild. Though not every dental treatment requires sedation, laughing gas can be useful even in minor procedures, such as a tooth filling, if you are nervous or fearful of sitting in the dentist’s chair.
The Benefits of NO2
- Nitrous oxide is often the preferred sedation method for a variety of reasons;
- Though usually considered mild, the intensity of your sedation can be increased or decreased accordingly throughout your treatment.
- Since the effects of nitrous oxide wear off almost immediately after the mask is removed, you will be able to drive yourself home and even return the work the same day (depending on the procedure you receive).
- Nitrous oxide is the safest dental sedation option, and can be appropriate for children and elderly patients, as well
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Dr. McElravy and the team at Spring Pearl Dental practices patient-centered dental care, providing a compassionate, empathetic approach and a comprehensive selection of services. To learn more about all that we offer, to schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning, or for a same-day emergency appointment, contact us today at (281) 651-2782. Located in Tomball, TX, we proudly welcome patients from Spring, the Woodlands, Houston, Pinehurst, and all surrounding communities.