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Facts About Nitrous Oxide

December 22, 2021
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Posted By: Dental Health Partners
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Nitrous oxide is an inhalation sedative, often called laughing gas. Administering nitrous oxide only takes a breathing mask. A few minutes before the patient's procedure begins, our dentist in Mitchell, SD will administer the sedative. It will take effect quickly, typically within a minute or two, putting the patient into a relaxed state that makes dental procedures easier to sit through.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation to Relieve Dental Anxiety

The patient will stay conscious and remain alert enough to control their body and communicate. The sedative will produce a sense of light numbness in the body that will help:

  • Reduce the activation of the gag reflex
  • Lower patient anxiety 
  • Ease TMJ-related jaw pain that comes from keeping your mouth open for long periods
  • Relax young patients who aren't comfortable at the dentist
  • Claim disabled patients to ease them into their dental care
  • Reduce pain and sensitivity in the mouth

The gas wears off quickly, and shortly after the appointment is over, the patient will be fine to drive themselves home.

Nitrous oxide has been used as a conscious sedative for over 200 years to improve the quality of dental care patients in Mitchell, SD receive. It is one of the safest anesthetics, with its most significant risk being the disorienting effects, which can cause patients who get up too quickly and feel unstable.

Taking the time to breathe and clear your head before standing after the procedure is the best way to prevent this from happening. We also administer oxygen to clear the sedative from your system.

Schedule an Appointment at Our Mitchell Dentist Office

Some patients put off treatment or avoid it altogether because of the anxiety or discomfort visiting the dentist causes them. We understand our patient's needs, and we are here to help. We never want to see a patient forgo critical dental care because of these kinds of issues. We proudly serve the greater Mitchell, SD area.

Contact the Dental Health Partners at (605) 996-1316 to learn more about how sedation dentistry can improve your dental experience.

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