Choose Sedation Dentistry for Comfort
Does the thought of seeing a dentist cause anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that roughly 15% of the population, or about 30 million Americans, have dental-related fear and anxiety. For some, fear of the dentist is a full-blown phobia.
At Century Stone Dental, our team will do everything they can to make you feel as comfortable as possible. If you require dental sedation, we are happy to provide you with that during your next visit.
What is Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas?”
Nitrous oxide is a safe, odorless gas that helps your muscles and nerves relax. You remain completely awake while receiving the gas, and once the gas is stopped, there are no side-effects. Laughing gas got its name because some patients experience laughing or giggling due to the “happy” feelings it can cause.
While the way you feel while receiving the gas may differ slightly than how someone else feels, the effects are generally the same. Most patients report that their bodies feel light and relaxed, and their minds are calmer.
How Is It Administered?
The dentist will place a mask, similar to an oxygen mask, over your face. Be sure to let us know if you have any concerns or anxieties about wearing it. You will receive an incremental dose of nitrous oxide until you begin to feel the full effects.
The dentist will check with you frequently to see how you’re feeling. The exact dose of gas varies from person to person, as some are more sensitive to it than others.
What Does It Feel Like?
As mentioned above, many people report feeling more relaxed. Nitrous oxide doesn’t impair your ability to think or stay awake, so you’ll be fully conscious while receiving the gas. You may feel as if your limbs are “lighter,” while others report that their bodies feel “heavier” while under sedation. Some people experience a numb sensation inside the mouth. You may feel warm all over, and some people report initial lightheadedness that goes away quickly.
If you become anxious or uncomfortable while receiving sedation, please let the dentist know. The gas can be turned off safely at any time. You will need to receive a few minutes of oxygen once the nitrous is discontinued, and then the mask can be removed from around your mouth.