Understanding Nitrous Oxide

Understanding Nitrous Oxide

According to recent research by various dental organizations, approximately 30-40 million Americans avoid dental treatment due to fear of the dentist. Luckily, Dental Arts in Kew Gardens offers nitrous oxide, sedation dentistry for patients with dental anxiety. If you or a loved one has avoided the dentist due to anxiety or fear of pain, sedation dentistry may be the perfect option. Nitrous oxide will allow you to relax and be comfortable during virtually any dental treatment.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide (also known as “laughing gas” to most patients) is an effective, safe and convenient sedative that is mixed with oxygen to be inhaled through a mask, helping you relax and feel comfortable during any dental procedure. Nitrous oxide is not meant to put you to sleep, and you will be able to communicate during your visit. Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, shortly after the mask is removed, your symptoms will subside, and you can continue with your day to day activities. This means you don’t have to bring someone along with you to return you safely back home after your dental visit.

During your appointment, your Dental Arts dentist will place the nitrous oxide mask and ask you to breathe normally through your nose. After a few minutes, you will start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Patients often describe the nitrous oxide as making them feel heavy, calm and comfortable. Some patients may feel lightheaded or have some tingling in the arms and legs.

Don’t neglect your oral health and dental hygiene due to dental anxiety; with Dental Arts sedation dentistry, you can experience a calm, comfortable dental experience. To schedule an appointment with nitrous oxide, contact our Kew Gardens dental office today! We’d be happy to discuss any questions you may have about sedation dentistry and get your appointment booked with one of our dentists.

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