November 4, 2022
If you’re someone who’d rather be anywhere else in the whole world than the dentist’s office, you aren’t alone; in fact, many patients these days suffer from dental-related anxiety, even if they’re going in for a simple checkup! Fortunately, nitrous oxide sedation is just one of the many ways that your dentist in San Antonio can ensure that your visit is comfortable and stress-free, no matter what work needs to be done to your mouth! But you might have questions about nitrous oxide, like if it’ll make you fall asleep or lose consciousness? Keep reading to learn more about how nitrous oxide works along with some of its awesome benefits.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
The process for receiving nitrous oxide is quite simple. First, the gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen through a nose mask that’s worn over the face. After a few minutes of breathing it, you will begin to experience its relaxing effect and might feel tingling in your arms and legs, as well as some mild lightheadedness. To put it shortly, you’ll feel verycalm and experience warm feelings of euphoria.
Your dentist might need to adjust the amount of nitrous oxide you’re receiving during treatment, but they will always ensure that you’re comfortable. Once the appointment is over, the mask is removed, and you’ll begin feeling back to normal shortly afterwards—you’ll even be able to drive yourself home!
Will Nitrous Oxide Put Me to Sleep?
The short answer here is no, nitrous oxide will not put you to sleep—after all, it’s called “laughing gas”, not sleeping gas! Unlike general anesthesia, nitrous oxide is a mild sedative and will not knock you out. You might feel so relaxed that you’ll want to fall asleep, but the gas will leave you conscious and completely responsive to verbal commands throughout the procedure.
It’s also worth noting that nitrous oxide sedation is one of the safest forms of sedation available. However, some patients with certain medical conditions (such as high blood pressure or asthma) might not be suited for nitrous oxide.
What Are the Benefits of Receiving Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
In addition to assisting patients who suffer from dental-related anxiety, a few noteworthy benefits that nitrous oxide sedation can offer include:
- It is completely safe and easy to administer.
- It’s fast-acting and ultra-effective.
- The effects dissipate almost instantly, meaning little-to-no recovery time.
- Ideal for patients who have trouble remaining seated for longer periods.
- It allows more work to be completed within a single visit.
- Helps prevent jaw, neck, and head discomfort during treatment.
If you’re still on the fence about receiving nitrous oxide, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can put your doubts to rest; it has many applications and benefits and is certain to make your next dental visit a comfortable and pleasant experience!
About the Practice
The team at New Image Dentistry is thrilled to serve patients and families in the San Antonio, TX area! The practice is fortunate to house four skilled specialists: Dr. Christopher J. Holland, Dr. Selsa A. Gonzalez, Dr. Jon C. Greene, and Dr. Dallas W. Homas. Their practice is pleased to offer a wide range of services including sedation dentistry options. If you have any questions about the article or would like to arrange an appointment, you can contact the practice online or by phone for assistance: (210) 804-1558.