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Nitrous Oxide – Gainesville, GA

Stopping Your Dental Fears

Is the thought of visiting the dentist enough to send you into a cold sweat? Dental anxieties and phobias are all too common, and modern practices need to be able to offer patients ways to overcome them so that they don’t skip important appointments. Dr. Rudd and Dr. Howze can offer a couple of different kinds of sedation. Nitrous oxide is particularly suitable for those with minor dental fears or those who want to return to their regular routine as soon as possible. Call us today to learn more about this option.

Why Choose Broad Park Family Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Sedation for Wide Variety of Procedures
  • Safe for All Patients Young and Old
  • Two Caring Experienced Dentists

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Close-up of air canisters on machine for nitrous oxide in Gainesville, GA

Another name for nitrous oxide is “laughing gas”, as some people tend to get the giggles while under the effects of the sedative. The gas is first mixed with oxygen before you breathe it in with a special nasal mask. It doesn’t put you to sleep; it just relaxes you deeply and stops you from experiencing pain during the actual treatment. Sometimes you might occasionally drift off, but we won’t have any trouble waking you up so that you can follow our instructions or answer our questions. We have better control over nitrous oxide compared to oral conscious sedation since we can increase or decrease the dosage as needed throughout the appointment.

Other forms of sedation can take the rest of the day to wear off, but with nitrous oxide, it will only be a few short minutes. After that, you can drive home on your own without having to make arrangements with a family member or a friend. You’ll also be able to return to work or run errands instead of having to rest at home.

Am I a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

Young man breathing in nitrous oxide through nasal mask

There are several different reasons why nitrous oxide might be right for you. Obviously, dental-related fears or anxieties are the biggest reasons for many patients, but there are other applications as well. It might help suppress a strong gag reflex, or it could make it easier to hold your jaw open for an extended period of time. We may also suggest nitrous oxide if you have neck or back pain, tooth sensitivity, or jaw pain that could make sitting still for dental procedures harder.

We do not advise that pregnant women or patients with elevated blood pressure receive nitrous oxide. We’ll also have to go over your medical history to make sure you aren’t at risk for potential complications.

What is the Recovery Time?

Female dental patient in white shirt sitting back and smiling

It only takes a few minutes for nitrous oxide to wear off, so you won’t have to worry about recovering from the sedative itself. Of course, the actual dental treatment you receive will be another story. We’ll always take the time to go over your go-home instructions very carefully with you so that you understand what needs to happen once the treatment is complete.

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