Has it been a while since you last visited your dentist for a checkup? Maybe you know you should, but you’re a little nervous to sit in the dental chair. If this is the case, you’re not alone. As many as 1 out of every 5 Americans has avoided seeing their dentist due to some degree of nervousness, anxiety, or even fear. Fortunately, your sedation dentist in Aurora has just the solution for you – a harmless treatment called nitrous oxide sedation. From the moment you start to feel the effects to the time it wears off, you should feel relaxed enough to receive your needed treatment. If you think you could benefit from nitrous oxide, give us a call today!
Nitrous oxide, better known by the nickname “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas that has been used for more than a century to soothe fearful or anxious dental patients. The gas is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a nasal mask to safely and effectively calm nervous patients, allowing them to undergo the procedures they need.
Although sedation dentistry is sometimes also called “sleep dentistry,” you won’t actually lose consciousness. You’ll be awake enough to respond to the requests of our dentists and team, but you very likely will have a fuzzy memory of the procedure.
A few minutes before your procedure is set to begin, we place a small cannula in your nose, through which you breathe the nitrous oxide. It should begin to take effect in mere minutes. You’ll likely feel warm euphoria. You may even start to feel like you’re floating!
Once your treatment is finished, we’ll simply remove the mask and let you sit in the waiting room. The effects of the gas should wear off in half an hour or less with no residual drowsiness. Because of this, you should be more than able to resume your normal day after your appointment. You shouldn’t even need anyone to drive you to and from our Aurora office.
One of the primary advantages of nitrous oxide is that virtually anyone can receive it. If you have any of the following, you might be a good candidate for nitrous oxide:
However, there are some situations in which nitrous oxide is not recommended. Some of these include: