Sedation dentistry is the practice of using sedatives to help patients stay calm and fight back against anxiety while they’re in the dentist’s chair. Millions of people in the US have dental anxiety, and sedation can help them get the dental care they need without feelings of fear and discomfort.
At Lakeside Dental, we provide laughing gas sedation. This method of sedation is ideal for patients with mild-to-moderate dental anxiety, and it’s available for just about any appointment at our office. Contact us to schedule a consultation and see if you’re a candidate for sedation.
Also known as nitrous oxide sedation, laughing gas sedation uses a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. These gases are pumped through a comfortable nose mask. By breathing in through your nose when directed to by Dr. Blalock, the nitrous oxide will quickly enter your lungs and be absorbed into your bloodstream.
When you’re sedated with laughing gas, you’ll feel a bit disconnected from the things that are happening around you, and feelings of fear and anxiety will be inhibited. In addition, laughing gas works with numbing to help mitigate discomfort and pain, keeping you more comfortable.
Best of all, laughing gas sedation wears off within about 5 minutes, so you can quickly get back to your day-to-day routine and even drive yourself home or back to work.
Sedation dentistry is not dangerous at all. Laughing gas sedation has no significant side effects, and is safe for all patients who are approved for treatment by Dr. Blalock. You may feel a bit dizzy, confused, or nauseous after treatment, but there are no major complications or side effects that could threaten your health.
However, Dr. Blalock will still request your medical records and discuss your overall health before recommending sedation dentistry, to ensure that you’re a good candidate for treatment and that your treatment will be as safe as possible.
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Laughing gas helps you feel much calmer about your dental appointment, and prevents feelings of anxiety and panic in the dentist’s chair.
Along with numbing, laughing gas sedation at Lakeside Dental will ensure you do not feel any pain or discomfort during treatments like fillings, dental crown preparation, tooth extraction, and more.
Even if you’re not afraid of the dentist, you may not like numbing needles. Laughing gas sedation can help with this. It also helps inhibit the gag reflex, which can be very helpful if you have a strong, overactive gag reflex and your rear teeth need dental treatment.