If you’ve had to take a nervous child to the dentist or had dental anxiety yourself, you may be aware of nitrous oxide already. Also known as “laughing gas,” this inhaled substance creates a euphoric effect, relaxing and calming the patient prior to a treatment. It’s safe, effective and comforting. Englewood, NJ patients can get the treatment they want for their smile without the anxiety of sitting in the dental chair. Read along to learn more about this sedation treatment.
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is administered through the nose and exhaled through the mouth, so it doesn’t linger in the body. A mask is placed over the patient’s nose prior to the dental treatment and is removed promptly after the treatment is completed. Most patients recover from the effects of the nitrous oxide soon after the mask is removed.
Nitrous oxide can be used to alleviate anxieties, but is not a substitute for local anesthesia or general anesthesia during extensive surgical procedures. These items can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Stearns, depending on the type of procedure you’re looking into.
The major benefit that patients have enjoyed most about nitrous oxide is the lack of side effects and quick recovery after the mask is taken off. Here’s a list of other reasons and benefits that patients have preferred nitrous oxide:
- Safe and non-addictive
- Wears off quickly after mask is removed
- Does not require someone to transport you to and from the office
- Little to no side effects of the laughing gas
- Patient is conscious and can communicate with Dr. Stearns
- Advantageous for patients and children with dental anxiety
However, there are a few rules that must be taken in account when weighing your option for nitrous oxide. The laughing gas is not meant to replace local anesthesia, and is not recommended for patients who have nasal problems or obstructions. Nitrous oxide can also be risky if the patient takes other medications prior to their appointment. Also, eating a meal prior to treatment with nitrous oxide can cause nausea and vomiting.
If you or your child has a deeper fear of the dentist, we also have two other sedation options available. IV sedation allows the patient to remain conscious, but have no memory of the treatment at all. Oral conscious sedation is consumed prior to your appointment, so you’ll feel relaxed and calm before you even reach our office. During your consultation with Dr. Stearns, you’ll be able to discuss your fears and figure out which method of sedation works for your needs.
Are you nervous about your upcoming dental appointment? Do you want a sedation method that’ll help you feel calm and collected for the duration of the treatment? We recommend nitrous oxide for your needs, a safe and effective method that wears off quickly after your treatment is completed. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Stearns and learn more about how to qualify for nitrous oxide in Englewood, NJ.