Nitrous Oxide Sedation Overview
Patients who have undergone a dental procedure while under sedation will tell you it is an easy and effective way to receive treatment. Made Ya Smile Dental in Houston, TX offers nitrous oxide gas as a mild sedative so individuals can enjoy a relaxing dental visit, no matter your needs. Also called "laughing gas," nitrous oxide (N2O) gives you a euphoric feeling when inhaled through the nose. When received, you will be able to remain awake throughout your procedure and safely drive home afterward. To learn more about sedation solutions at our clinic, make an appointment with Dr. Jireh Yue to schedule a consultation.
Best Candidates for Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide gas is a common sedation technique that is safe and effective to use in children and adults of all ages. The experts at Made Ya Smile Dental will discuss any dental concerns, your medical history and list of current medications, and other related topics to understand if nitrous oxide is right for your needs. To keep you relaxed and comfortable, we pair nitrous oxide sedation with a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort or pain during treatment. Sedation options can be used if you have a routine cleaning at the clinic or a more extensive restorative procedure. If you have difficulty breathing through your nose, respiratory issues like COPD, or extreme dental fears, please inform a member of our team so we can find an alternative solution.
What To Expect with Nitrous Oxide Sedation
When you're ready to receive treatment, our team administers nitrous oxide gas through a small mask placed over your nose, allowing you to gently inhale the gas. As you breathe, the gas will begin to take effect, giving you a euphoric or giddy feeling with a warm tingling in your hands and feet. The professionals at Made Ya Smile Dental will monitor your vital signs and adjust the volume as needed to help you feel more relaxed. We may also use a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and gums based on your treatment needs and requirements. After the procedure, we will turn off the nitrous oxide gas and allow your oxygen level to return to normal.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Recovery
After we stop the gas, the effects will begin to wane immediately, usually within 3 – 5 minutes. This means that with nitrous oxide, there is almost no recovery period. When you leave our practice after your procedure, you are free to drive home and resume your day as normal. While most patients do not experience side effects after treatment with nitrous oxide, there is a small chance you may experience fatigue, chills, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or sweating. You can eat a light snack before your visit, but avoid eating a large meal for three hours after the treatment to reduce the risk of nausea or vomiting.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Insurance Coverage
Before we begin treatment, a member of our staff will contact your dental insurance provider to learn about your plan details and see if sedation with nitrous oxide gas is a covered benefit. Made Ya Smile Dental accepts most PPO plans and will easily file claims on your behalf as a courtesy. If you have out-of-pocket costs or personal expenses, we can review several payment options, including low-cost and low-interest financing through CareCredit® plans.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Unfortunately, some people won't receive the dental treatment they need due to a fear of the dentist. It's not uncommon to have some anxiety about an upcoming procedure, which is why Made Ya Smile Dental offers easy nitrous oxide sedation options. We strive to make the experience positive and stress-free for you and your family. Nitrous oxide gas leaves no aftereffects and can make your treatment efficient and comfortable. To learn more about receiving nitrous oxide gas, contact our team and schedule an appointment with Dr. Yue in Houston, TX.