Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as inhalation sedation or laughing gas, is a mild sedative that helps patients with low to moderate dental fear calm down during dental procedures.
Laughing gas is a non-irritating gas that is safe for children and adults alike.
When the nitrous oxide is administered by our Grand Rapids dentist at Precision Family Dental, patients will feel more relaxed and possibly even giddy.
Inhalation Sedation Procedure
At first, 100% oxygen is administered through the nose. Eventually, the dentist gradually releases the nitrous oxide in combination with the oxygen. Nitrous oxide sedation works very quickly compared to other sedation methods. It reaches the brain in 20 seconds, and the full effects should be felt within a few minutes. You remain conscious during the dental procedure, and are able to cooperate with your dentist.
Dental nitrous oxide helps you relax in the dentist’s chair!
Depending on the level of nitrous oxide administered, you may respond slowly and slur your words while trying to communicate. Though you are awake and responsive during the procedure, most patients don’t remember anything due to the amnesiac properties of nitrous oxide. Because it’s unlikely for you to remember what happened during the procedure, your fear of your next appointment is greatly reduced.
Benefits of Dental Nitrous Oxide
It is important to see your Grand Rapids dentist for a teeth cleaning and oral examination every six months. However, this can be difficult if you have a dental phobia. Dental nitrous oxide helps you relax in the dentist’s chair so you can get the dental care you need to maintain a beautiful healthy smile. The effects of dental nitrous oxide wear off as soon as we remove the mask, which means you’ll be able to drive yourself home. During the dental treatments, you will be awake and responsive, yet relaxed.
To learn more about our teeth whitening treatments or to request an appointment with our Grand Rapids teeth whitening dentist Adam Piotrowski DDS, please contact us here or call our office directly at (616) 207-1280. At Precision Family Dental, we work hard to help patients restore their confidence in their smile through quality dental services.