Do you get nervous by just the thought of going to the dentist? If you can feel your heart racing or you’re starting to sweat, just know that you are not the only one who feels this way. In fact, close to 60% of people have some level of anxiety ahead of their dental appointment, even if it’s not necessarily enough to make them cancel. However, if you’re starting to get cold feet ahead of your visit, Dr. Courter has a solution you should consider. Nitrous oxide can be a fantastic solution for keeping up with your routine exams and cleanings as well as just about any other treatment you need, all while feeling anxiety-free. To learn more, give us a call today!
Why Choose Michael Courter, DDS for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Highly Trained Dentist and Friendly Dental Team
Fast-Acting Dental Sedative Makes It Easy to Start and Stop
Feel Completely at Ease, Regardless of Your Dental Treatment
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
Dr. Courter and his team have the training necessary to provide sedation dentistry in-house for your convenience. While you may have heard it referred to as “laughing gas,” it doesn’t really make you laugh out loud during your appointment. Once inhaled through a dedicated nasal mask, the sedative travels very quickly through your body, resulting in a light yet euphoric effect that works to keep you at ease. While other sedatives can take time to take effect, nitrous oxide is virtually instant once inhaled. The on-the-fly capabilities of nitrous oxide also make it easier for Dr. Courter to adjust the amount needed to help you get comfortable.
Keep in mind that nitrous oxide is not meant to put you to sleep like general anesthesia. Rather, you’ll be deeply relaxed and perhaps a little light-headed. You may even notice a tingling sensation in your arms or legs. What’s important is that you feel calm and comfortable. In some cases, patients don’t even remember a lot of their treatment (and some would prefer to keep it that way if their anxiety is particularly severe.)
Once treatment is completed, we’ll remove the sedative. As you begin breathing normal air, rather than oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide, the effects will quickly begin to wear off. You’ll even be able to drive yourself home!
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Right for Me?
Nitrous oxide is ideal for those who have fears or anxieties about dentistry, but it’s hardly the only group that can benefit from its use. For example, we may recommend it for patients who have:
A sensitive gag reflex
Difficulty holding the jaw open for long periods of time
Discomfort in the neck or back
Jaw pain (especially for those with TMD)
With that said, we cannot recommend sedation if you are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or glaucoma. Ahead of your appointment, we’ll review your medical history in more detail to make sure you are eligible for sedation.
Are There Side Effects of Nitrous Oxide?
Since there are no lingering side effects of nitrous oxide, which is common for stronger sedatives, you won’t need to have anyone drive you from the practice following the completion of your treatment. Of course, he’s happy to answer any questions you have about your aftercare if needed.