The most natural way to replace a missing tooth.
For some of our patients, visiting the dentist office can provoke anxiety. Even though our dentists have skilled and gentle hands, dental treatment can make some patients uneasy. We offer nitrous oxide for those patients who are just slightly nervous and need a slight reduction in anxiety to complete the procedure.
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Nitrous oxide puts patients in a completely relaxed – yet responsive – state and has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. It is very safe, and is the lightest form of sedation available. Its combination with oxygen, which is also beneficial for the body’s healing processes, will reduce anxiety and keep you relaxed during your procedure.
Your will be given a special mask (which carries oxygen mixed with the medication). The dentist will ask you to breathe through your nose, and you will sense a faint, sweet smell. Within 5 minutes you will feel the calming effects and will continue to wear the mask until the procedure is complete.
A local anesthetic will be administered in combination with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain. Nitrous oxide reduces nervousness and discomfort, and makes treatment seem to pass more quickly.
You will be awake during the entire procedure. You will be able to respond as usual but may feel a little ‘happier’ than normal. Once the procedure is complete, you will be given pure oxygen for about 5 minutes to clear out any remaining gas. Call us if you have any questions!
I had a long overdue deep cleaning, root canal/crown, AND fillings within a month. Dr. Thurman, Morgan, Kathy and staff were very attentive and kind with not ONLY the procedures and explanations but with checking up on me after the root canal. Also great at helping me figure out my insurance coverage and payments. Dental Elements is GREAT.- Steve
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