At Shore Dental, helping patients of all ages feel truly comfortable is a top priority for Dr. Stein and Dr. Smith, which is why sedation dentistry is always available during treatment. This technique can relieve anxiety, reduce sensitive gag reflexes, and result in a smoother, faster process overall for you or your loved one. If you’d like to learn more about our sedation options or if you’re ready to schedule a first visit, don’t hesitate to contact our North Port, FL location today.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide (which is sometimes referred to as “laughing gas”) is a safe and effective sedative method for children and adults alike. The effect is mild enough that patients will remain conscious throughout their appointment, but it can relieve feelings of stress and anxiety and create a much more pleasant atmosphere overall for treatment.
Once you’ve settled into the treatment chair, someone from our team will fit you for a nasal mask. This mask will directly administer nitrous oxide that’s mixed with oxygen. Within a few minutes, you should start to feel calm and content. Some patients may experience light-headedness or a light tingling in their arms and legs. Other people have said that nitrous oxide causes their whole body to feel heavy. No matter what, you will remain alert enough to respond to any requests or questions our doctors will ask you.
One of the biggest benefits of nitrous oxide is that patients will recover very quickly from the effects after we’ve removed the nasal mask. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll be able to return to work, school, or running errands with hardly any downtime, which is ideal for busy adults and families.