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Why We Use Nitrous Oxide to Relieve Dental Anxiety?

nitrous oxide dentistry in Jefferson City

The entire team at Central Dental Care knows that dental visits can be stressful and the source of anxiety. For some people who suffer from dental phobia, however, going to the dentist can be the stuff of nightmares. In order to provide the latest in advanced cosmetic and restorative dentistry and state-of-the-art oral surgery in the greater Jefferson City area, we offer dental sedation. Various sedation dentistry techniques are available to help patients achieve a relaxed and calm state while they are at the practice. We went over the basics of oral conscious sedation last month on our blog. Right now, we want to look at another option for sedation: nitrous oxide.

What is nitrous oxide?

While it's known colloquially as laughing gas, nitrous oxide doesn't actually make you laugh. Nitrous oxide has been used as a dental anesthetic since the mid-1800s. When inhaled, it helps patients achieve a relaxed state of mind.

How Nitrous Oxide Sedation Works?

When undergoing nitrous oxide sedation, a patient simply wears a mask over their mouth and nose. They will be asked to breath normally. It will take a brief amount of time for nitrous oxide to take effect, but when it does, the dental treatment can progress with the patient feeling little to no worry.

We should note that while nitrous oxide is effective for basic relaxation and sedation needs, it is not in itself the best option for deep sedation or general anesthesia. For these needs, a different sedation method will need to be considered.

Is nitrous oxide sedation safe?

Yes, nitrous oxide sedation is safe. The face mask helps regulate the amount of nitrous oxide being delivered to the patient as he or she breathes. Dr. Talva Grundstrom Joost and her team of hygienists and assistants will also note the condition of the patient during treatment to ensure all is well. Patients will have a loved one with them to bring them to and from the practice to make sure that they are completely safe.

Prior to the dental visit, we will be sure to double-check the patient's medical record in case there are any potential allergies or contraindications to keep in mind.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

There are a few key benefits to nitrous oxide sedation:

  • No needles necessary:An important consideration if people are made nervous by shots
  • Patients remain conscious:Since the level of sedation is not particularly deep, patients remain conscious and able to converse with the dental team if necessary
  • Easy to administer:There's no need for special prep or filling prescriptions; everything is in-office
  • Side effects are brief and mild:Patients should be back to normal relatively soon after treatment

Is nitrous oxide sedation ideal for me?

It may be, but the best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with our team. This will give us more time to address your unique situation with regard to dental anxiety and other matters that may necessitate sedation.

Learn More About Dental Sedation

If you would like to learn more about sedation dentistry and your many other options out there for advanced pain-free and anxiety-free dentistry, be sure to contact our dental care center today. The entire team here looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve excellent dental health.



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Jefferson City,
Missouri  65109  USA

573-634-4414

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