Nitrous Oxide – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Stay Calm and Collected During Dental Procedures
Here at Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry, our gentle touch and compassionate personalities help our patients feel at ease. However, we also recognize that sometimes more is necessary in order for our patients to truly relax. If the thought of undergoing dental procedures makes you a little nervous, please let us know. We may recommend that you are sedated via nitrous oxide during your appointment. It provides a safe, effective avenue through which you can release your fears and enjoy a stress-free time in our office.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?
Nitrous oxide is otherwise known as “laughing gas” due to its ability to produce a feeling of well-being or even giddiness in patients. It is mixed with oxygen before we administer it through a nasal mask. It is a colorless, mostly odorless gas. However, we might add a pleasant scent to it to further enhance your dental care experience. Almost as soon as you inhale it, you will begin to experience its effects.
Generally, patients feel calm, relaxed, and happy while they are breathing in the nitrous oxide. You might also notice that your limbs feel heavy. It is also possible that you will drift off to sleep. However, the nitrous oxide will not make you unconscious. If you doze off, it will be easy for us to awaken you with a slight shake.
Your dentist will be able to adjust your level of sedation throughout your procedure to make sure you stay safe and comfortable. When our team is done working on your mouth and your nasal mask is removed, the results of the nitrous oxide will wear off very quickly.
Am I a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
If you feel a little nervous about your upcoming dental appointment, nitrous oxide may be able to help you. However, dental fears and anxieties are not the only reasons why we might recommend sedation. It is also suitable for patients who:
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Find it difficult to sit still for extended periods of time
- Have trouble keeping their mouth open for a long time
Nitrous oxide is safe for most patients. However, if you are pregnant or have certain other medical conditions, your dentist may not recommend it for you.
What Is the Recovery Time?
As mentioned above, nitrous oxide wears of very quickly. In fact, it will even be safe for you to drive yourself home from your appointment. Some patients experience a nitrous oxide-related headache, but we strive to prevent that issue by administering oxygen for a few minutes after we cut off a patient’s flow of nitrous oxide gas.
Are You Ready to Learn More?
Nitrous oxide is just one of the sedation options we offer at Ponte Vedra Complete Dentistry. Our goal is to help our patients have an enjoyable, easy experience every time they visit our office. To learn more about us and the comforts we provide, reach out to our friendly team today.