About Nitrous Oxide Sedation
At Avon Dental Group, we understand the anxiety and fear that some patients experience when visiting the dentist and are pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation during care. Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas," is a mild form of conscious sedation that can be used in a wide range of procedures, from routine cleanings to complex tooth extractions. Inhaled through the procedure, nitrous oxide sedation allows patients of all ages to relax during their visit while remaining awake and fully aware. If you or your loved ones have been avoiding dental care due to fear, our caring Avon, CT team invites you to schedule a visit with our dentists and learn about your options for sedation dentistry.
Who Is a Candidate?
Nitrous oxide is one of the most common sedation techniques and can be utilized with little risk in children and adults alike. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, our dentists will assess your current medications, medical history, and concerns to ensure nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. Laughing gas may be used for difficult or minimally invasive procedures and paired with local anesthesia to help ensure a comfortable procedure. Nitrous oxide gas may not be well-suited for patients who have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through the nose, or respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
How Laughing Gas Works
Before the procedure is initiated, nitrous oxide will be administered to you through a small mask that fits comfortably over your nose. As you inhale the gas, it will quickly act and begin taking effect within minutes. Our clinical team will observe your response to the gas and adjust the medication as needed throughout the procedure so you remain relaxed and at ease. Many patients experience tingling in the arms and legs, as well as a feeling of warmth and euphoria as the gas takes effect. Nitrous oxide is normally used in conjunction with local anesthesia, such as lidocaine, to provide comfort during dental procedures. When the treatment is complete, the gas will be turned off and the effects will begin to fade immediately.
After Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation is usually immediate, as the medication is eliminated from the body in around three minutes. You will be able to drive and resume your normal activities when you leave our office. While side effects are generally uncommon, you may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Please do not hesitate to call our team if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To minimize the risk of nausea, you may want to eat a light snack before your procedure and let a few hours pass before eating again.
Nitrous oxide sedation is usually not a covered benefit under dental insurance plans. Nevertheless, our team will reach out to your provider to learn the details of your coverage. Before your procedure, we will be sure to review any out-of-pocket cost and can help you select a convenient payment option for your care. Avon Dental Group is proud to partner with CareCredit to bring no-cost financing solutions to patients in our community.
Enjoy Relaxed Dental Visits
We believe everyone should enjoy positive, relaxed, and pleasant trips to the dentist. If you or a loved one experienced dental anxiety or worry over receiving dental care, please talk to our Avon, CT team about the option for nitrous oxide sedation. Our highly trained staff will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about the use of nitrous oxide sedation at Avon Dental Group.