Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Taylor, TX

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What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Do thoughts of visiting the dentist leave you feeling nervous, worried, or fearful? If dental anxiety or fear has kept you from getting the care you need, nitrous oxide sedation may be a solution for you. Nitrous oxide gas, also called "laughing gas," is a sedation dentistry option offered by our Taylor, TX general dentists that can help relieve mild to moderate anxiety while helping patients feel more relaxed during visits. The gas, which is inhaled through a small nasal mask, may be ideal for kids and adults alike as it allows patients to remain awake and fully conscious yet with a comforting sense of peace. For help with overcoming dental fear or anxiety, contact ACE Dental of Taylor today! We will be happy to provide more information about nitrous oxide sedation dentistry.

Who should have sedation dentistry?

Nitrous oxide gas is an incredibly popular sedation dentistry technique that can be utilized with little risk for adults and children. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, our well-trained general dentists will assess your concerns, current medications, and medical history to ensure nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. Nitrous oxide sedation may be used for advanced or routine procedures in conjunction with local anesthesia to help improve your treatment comfort. This mild form of sedation dentistry may not be a good choice if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, respiratory conditions, or other similar health concerns.

How does Nitrous Oxide Sedation work?

Before your dental procedure begins, we will administer the nitrous oxide sedation via a nasal mask. As you inhale the odorless gas, it will quickly act and start to relax you. A member of our dental team will monitor your health and response to the gas, and adjust the medication as needed throughout the appointment to help you remain at ease. You might notice tingling in your outer extremities, as well as a feeling of well-being, warmth, and euphoria as the gas takes effect. At ACE Dental of Taylor, nitrous oxide is typically used alongside a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to numb your mouth. After the procedure is complete, the gas will be shut off and the effects will start to fade immediately.

What does recovery after sedation look like?

Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation at the end of your dental visit is usually immediate, as the gas is eliminated from your body in under five minutes. You will be able to drive and return to your daily activities as soon as you leave our facility. Side effects are not common, but some individuals may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Do not hesitate to call our staff at ACE Dental of Taylor if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To reduce the chance of nausea and vomiting, we recommend that you consume a light meal before your appointment and wait around three hours after you leave before eating a heavy meal.

How much does sedation dentistry cost?

If you carry dental insurance, our team will contact your benefits provider to learn of any coverage regarding nitrous oxide sedation. This information will help us better estimate your overall treatment costs before starting your procedure. For those with out-of-pocket expenses, ACE Dental of Taylor takes several forms of payment, including medical financing, to help make dental treatment and nitrous oxide sedation even more affordable.

Reduced dental anxiety

If you feel anxious about visiting the dentist or are putting off much-needed care, please schedule a visit with our Taylor, TX team for more information about nitrous oxide sedation. Our highly trained dentists will gladly answer your questions and help you decide if nitrous oxide sedation is right for your needs. ACE Dental of Taylor is dedicated to helping you get the care you need in comfort!

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