Don’t Be Afraid!
- Posted on: May 30 2016
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist and the thought of it has your tummy in knots, relax. At Wylie Dental Care, we specialize in Sedation Dentistry, which uses medication to help our patients relax during dental procedures.
One of the ways we accomplish sedation dentistry is with Nitrous Oxide – also called Inhaled Minimal Sedation. You may have heard of it because it is also known as “laughing gas.” It is a safe and effective way to take “the scary” out of a visit to the dentist.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective, colorless gas with a sweet odor that is prepared by heating ammonium nitrate. As a dental sedation, it produces exhilaration or anesthesia when mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over the nose.
Nitrous oxide does not put you to sleep. During your dental procedure, you will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions your dentist may have. You will breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the calming, soothing effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel a tingling in your legs and arms or they may feel heavy, and you may feel a bit light-headed. But the take away is that you should feel calm and comfortable. Nitrous oxide wears off soon after your dental procedure is complete and the mask is removed. Remember that you’ll also typically need a local anesthetic – a numbing medication at the site where your dentist is working.
Be a smart patient and make sure you go over your medical history – including any medications you are taking – with your dentist. This will ensure that you are an appropriate candidate for sedation.
Nitrous oxide can make procedures that take hours seem like minutes, even though you are completely awake and conscious. And when the effects wear off, you will not remember the sounds and smells and sights of your visit.
Call to schedule an appointment today, especially if it’s been too long since your last dental visit: (304) 845-2480.
Posted in: Sedation Dentistry