If you have been avoiding dental care because of dental fears and anxieties, learn more about nitrous oxide (NO) sedation at Contemporary Dentistry. Our office in Gilbert, AZ offers nitrous oxide sedation for both longer procedures and to help patients with dental anxieties and fears during regular appointments. Nitrous oxide gas is an effective sedation method that can help you to safely relax during your dental procedure. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is used by dentist Dr. Kathy Jacobsen to help you feel more comfortable, but still awake. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Jacobsen to discuss using nitrous oxide or another form of sedation during your appointment.
Nitrous oxide is one of the most common sedation techniques and it can be used safely on both adults and children. Before nitrous oxide gas is used, Dr. Jacobsen will go through your medical history, current medications, and concerns to ensure nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. N2O sedation may be used for complex or short procedures in conjunction with local anesthesia to help minimize your discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be used to address dental anxieties or fears that may keep you from visiting the dentist. Nitrous oxide gas may not be suitable if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar conditions.
What To Expect
Before your procedure begins, the nitrous oxide gas will be administered through a nasal hood. As you gently breathe in the gas, it will quickly act to start relaxing you. Dr. Jacobsen or a member of her team will monitor your health and response to the gas and adjust the volume as needed throughout the procedure so you remain comfortable. You could notice tingling in your arms and legs, as well as a feeling of vibration, warmth, euphoria, or well-being as the gas begins to work. Nitrous oxide is normally used along with a local anesthesia such as lidocaine to numb your mouth in the areas being treated. Once the procedure is complete, the gas will be turned off and the effects should quickly wear off.
Recovery from NO sedation is usually immediate as the gas leaves your body in under five minutes. You should be able to drive and resume your normal activities when you leave our office. Side effects are uncommon, but you may experience headaches, chills, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue. Please contact our office if you have any concerns or side effects last longer than a few days. To minimize the risk of nausea and vomiting, Dr. Jacobsen suggests you eat a light meal before your procedure and wait at least three hours after you leave before eating a large meal.
If you have dental insurance, our office will contact your carrier to understand your coverage and benefits regarding nitrous oxide sedation. This will help us better estimate your out-of-pocket costs before your procedure. If you do not have dental insurance, Contemporary Dentistry accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing and monthly membership through our Smiles Club, to help to make your treatment and NO sedation more affordable.
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If you skip routine dental appointments or you're ignoring dental pain because of fear or anxiety, please schedule a consultation with dentist Dr. Jacobsen to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at our office in Gilbert, AZ. Dr. Jacobsen and her highly trained staff will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about the use of nitrous oxide sedation at Contemporary Dentistry.