Sedation dentistry is a wonderful provision for patients who would otherwise find it difficult to get through their oral health procedures. There are a number of different types of sedation, the mildest of which is nitrous oxide. It is popular because it is both effective and comes with very few risks. But is it right for you? This blog post explains who is and who is not a good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation.
An Introduction to Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is a gas that has been used in medicine for hundreds of years. It is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask. It takes effect very quickly, and its effects wear off within minutes after exposure to it ends. It has been used for patients of all ages, from young children to seasoned seniors. It can be used during a wide range of procedures, including routine care and advanced surgeries, such as dental implant placement.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Nitrous oxide may be right for you if:
- You suffer from mild to moderate dental anxiety.
- You have a sensitive gag reflex.
- You are not easily numbed by local anesthesia.
- You dislike needles (nitrous oxide is administered through a mask — no needles necessary).
- You would like to be able to return to your normal routine as soon as possible after your procedure.
Who Is Not a Good Candidate?
Nitrous oxide is safe and effective for the vast majority of patients. However, there are some potential contraindications that you should be aware of. Nitrous oxide might not be right for you if:
- You are in your first trimester of pregnancy.
- You have emphysema.
- You have recently undergone ear surgery.
- You have severe dental anxiety or need to undergo a particularly lengthy or complex procedure. In such instances, a more powerful form of sedation may be necessary.
Before approving you for nitrous oxide sedation, your dental team will thoroughly screen you for any indications that would make it risky for you to use it.
You Can Enjoy Comfortable Treatment!
You deserve to feel comfortable and relaxed during your treatment. Not only can sedation help you to have a more positive experience, but it can also allow your care team to work as efficiently as possible. Even if nitrous oxide is not right for you, you can trust your oral surgeon and/or dentist to look for ways to help you have a relatively easy time throughout your procedure.
Meet the Practice
Drs. Steve Koo, Thomas Weil, and William Shepard provide a range of oral surgery services for Houston residents. They are particularly skilled at dental implant procedures. Our entire team wants patients to feel comfortable during treatment, so we offer nitrous oxide and other forms of sedation. To learn how we may be able to help you enjoy a relaxing, positive experience in our office, contact us at 713-597-7340.