Nitrous Oxide

Some people experience anxiety when visiting the dentist. In order to avoid any stress or worry and accomplish a positive dental experience, North Washington Dental offers a form of conscious sedation called nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”.

A colorless gas with a slightly sweet odor, nitrous oxide has been used in medicine for over a century. It is a popular treatment in family dentistry practices because it is a safe and effective way of administering conscious sedation, which is when the patient remains awake, but is in a completely relaxed state. While under nitrous oxide, the patient will be able to speak, will be aware of what’s going on, and will remain in control of his or her functions. Dosages can be fine-tuned to the level of sedation necessary for the perfect combination of comfort and alertness. Treatment effects wear-off quickly afterwards.

Undergoing Nitrous Oxide Treatment

Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that is comfortably fitted over your nose prior to the dental procedure. As it is being delivered, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen so that gas levels always remain safe. This treatment is fast-acting; after a few short minutes you will begin to experience a floating sensation and some slight tingling in the hands and feet, signaling that the treatment is taking effect. Once your dentist verifies that you are calm and comfortable, and that the nitrous oxide dosage is correct, the procedure will begin.

Who Can Benefit from Nitrous Oxide?

Any person whose anxiety would otherwise prevent them from sitting calmly in the dentist’s chair can benefit from nitrous oxide. Prior to beginning nitrous oxide treatment, we will collect your complete medical history, including any information about medications you are currently taking. This will ensure your total comfort and safety.

A Calmer Dental Visit

We want your visit to our Thornton family dentistry to be an enjoyable experience. Our staff and trusted dentists will always go the extra mile to help you have a calm and relaxed appointment. To schedule your next visit to our office, please contact us today!

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