What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
If going to the dentist is on your list of top fears, you're likely a good fit for nitrous oxide sedation at Knight Dental Care. Our office in Midland, MI offers nitrous oxide sedation for both longer procedures and as a way to comfort our patients who deal with dental anxieties and fears during regular checkups and exams. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is a simple sedation option that helps you relax safely during your visit. Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is used by cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Edward Knight to keep you awake during your procedure while keeping you completely relaxed. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Knight for more information on the use of sedation methods, like N2O, to help make your dental visits easier to get through.
Can I Have Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide is one of the most commonly provided sedation techniques used both on adults and children. Prior to approving the use of nitrous oxide, Dr. Knight will go through your medical history, current medications, and concerns to ensure nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. N2O sedation can be used on difficult or simple procedures and can be paired with local anesthesia to help minimize discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation can also be used if you have dental anxieties or fears that prevent you from keeping your regular dental appointments. Nitrous oxide gas might not be right for you if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, COPD, or other similar health concerns.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?
Before your procedure begins, we will give you nitrous oxide through a nasal hood. As you take in the gas, it will quickly act and begin to help you relax. Dr. Knight or a member of his staff will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the amount as necessary during the procedure so you stay at ease. You might notice a tingling sensation in your outer extremities, as well as a feeling of warmth, euphoria, or well-being as the N2O kicks in. Nitrous oxide is typically used in addition to a local anesthesia, like lidocaine, to deaden sensation. When the procedure is complete, the gas will be turned off and the effects will begin to fade immediately.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation FAQ
Is nitrous oxide sedation safe?
When used properly in a medical setting under experienced supervision, nitrous oxide sedation is very safe and effective.
Does nitrous oxide sedation put you to sleep?
While some people may fall asleep with nitrous oxide sedation, most patients remain conscious in a deep state of relaxation and are still able to communicate and provide feedback on their level of comfort during the procedure.
Is it possible to still feel pain with nitrous oxide sedation?
While nitrous oxide does affect the nervous system and can dull sensitivity to pain, nitrous oxide sedation is more about reducing anxiety and helping a patient feel calm and relaxed during their procedure.
Take Fear out of the Dentist
If you skip standard dental appointments or you are ignoring dental pain because you have a fear or anxiety of the dentist, please consider scheduling a consult with dentist Dr. Edward Knight to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at our family-friendly dental facility in Midland, MI. Dr. Knight and his skilled staff will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns about the use of nitrous oxide sedation, as well as cost, at Knight Dental Care.