Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Does the thought of a visit to the dentist make you cringe? Would you rather pet a spider than get that cavity filled? At Dental Arts in Kew Gardens, we understand dental anxiety and want each of our patients to have a calm, comforting and exceptional experience. For this reason, we are proud to offer nitrous oxide “sedation” dentistry. Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a safe and healthy compound which can be used to provide a more relaxed dental experience. Wondering what the benefits of nitrous oxide dentistry are?

  • Provides a relaxing effect. For patients that feel nervous or anxious at the dental office, nitrous oxide can provide a safe, healthy and calming effect, allowing the patient to feel more relaxed during treatment.
  • Reduces patient gag reflex. Nitrous oxide can also reduce the gag reflex, allowing our dental staff to work on your teeth, gums and oral health without your gag reflex becoming induced.
  • Allows patient to remain responsive. Other forms of sedation dentistry may make communication with the patient difficult; nitrous oxide allows the patient to remain responsive to directions and able to communicate with our dental staff.
  • Does not provide complete sedation. Nitrous oxide also leaves the patient completely awake, yet relaxed while other forms of sedation dentistry can completely sedate the patient.
  • No lingering side effects. Once treatment has been completed, oxygen will be increased, completely removing the nitrous from your system, allowing you to continue with your day. Other forms of sedation dentistry require the patient be driven to and from the appointments.

Kew Gardens Sedation Dentistry Process

During your appointment at our Kew Gardens dental office, you will be provided with a small mask which will be placed over the nose. You will be asked to breathe normally through your nose as nitrous oxide is administered through the mask. After just a few minutes you will begin to feel more calmed and relaxed. Once your treatment has been completed, oxygen levels will be increased, allowing the nitrous oxide to leave your system fully.