For patients whose fears keep them from attending regular dental visits, Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX is pleased to offer sedation dentistry using nitrous oxide. Also known as "laughing gas," this mild form of sedation is safe for use on men, women, teens, and children alike. When inhaled, this gas creates a euphoric effect, which allows patients to enjoy a comfortable and relaxing dental visit without worry or fear. Nitrous oxide allows the patient to be awake during their procedure, so there is little downtime associated with this option. Whether you're visiting our Pearland, TX office for a routine visit or a more intense procedure, sedation dentistry is available to calm your nerves and ensure that your experience is a pleasant one.
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Nitrous oxide is an incredibly popular sedative and can be used for patients of all ages. Our dentist will go over your medical history and medications you may be taking to ensure that this alternative is right for your unique situation. Depending on the treatment you are receiving, you may receive a local anesthetic along with your nitrous oxide to numb the mouth and reduce discomfort. This gas can be used for biannual cleanings or even more complex procedures like root canals. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose or have a respiratory condition (such as COPD), then laughing gas may not be an option. Our dentist will be able to determine if nitrous oxide sedation is a good and safe option for you.
What To Expect
To administer the gas, a small mask will be placed over your nose before to your treatment. Nitrous oxide takes effect almost immediately after it is inhaled. You will breathe in the gas throughout your appointment to remain relaxed and a state of euphoria. While you are under the effects of laughing gas, our team will keep an eye on your vitals and adjust the volume of nitrous oxide as needed. Patients often report feeling different sensations as the gas takes effect. Some report feeling giddy while others may feel warmth or tingling in the hands and feet. Depending on your reason for the visit, you may also receive a local anesthetic along with laughing gas to numb the area being treated. Once your appointment is over, we will discontinue the use of the gas and monitor you as your oxygen level stabilizes.
Once the gas is out of your system, you will return completely to normal. The effects of nitrous oxide tend to wane after only 3 – 5 minutes, so there is practically no downtime associated with this form of sedative. Once your appointment is over, you will be able to drive yourself home and resume your regular routine. Although the majority of patients do not experience any negative side effects after laughing gas, some may have nausea, vomit, chills, or headaches. To prevent these from occurring, we typically advise patients to consume a light meal or snack before their treatment. You should also avoid eating a large meal afterward because this could lead to vomiting.
To determine if sedation with nitrous oxide is covered under your insurance plan, our team will get in touch with your provider and ascertain your benefits. Some insurance plans may cover sedation options while others do not. Made Ya Smile accepts most PPO insurance plans. We also offer patients access to our in-house medical financing and are more than happy to provide information about third-party financing options, such as CareCredit®.
Helpful Options for Sedation
Have personal fears prevented you from going to the dentist? Do you ignore tooth pain or other oral abnormalities as a result of your anxiety? If so, consider learning about the advanced options for sedation we offer at Made Ya Smile in Pearland, TX. Nitrous oxide sedation is a completely safe choice for patients of all ages who feel anxious while sitting in the dentist's chair. Our skilled team is highly trained in providing this type of sedation to men, women, teens, and children alike, so you can rest assured that you're in good hands. Contact our premier facility in Pearland, TX to learn more.