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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Prosper, TX

Relieving Stress and Anxiety the Safe Way

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Do you feel anxious when preparing for an upcoming dental procedure? Don’t let your fear get the best of you. Most importantly, don’t let your dental anxiety keep you from getting the care you need to maintain optimal oral health. Okay, but what can you do? At Texas Dental Surgery, we want all our patients to feel comfortable and at ease, which is why we offer nitrous oxide sedation. This safe and effective solution makes it possible for our team to provide the treatment or procedure you need while ensuring you remain completely calm and relaxed during your visit. To find out if you are eligible for this common sedation technique, contact us today.

Why Choose Texas Dental Surgery for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

  • A safe and effective solution to relieve dental anxiety
  • Trained and skilled professional administering the sedation
  • Achieve a comfortable and relaxing experience that is free of pain and fear

What is Nitrous Oxide?

A machine that includes nitrous oxide and oxygen and is used during a dental procedure or treatment

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is administered to patients who experience mild dental anxiety or who are preparing for a minor treatment or procedure. The odorless gas works within minutes to help you relax while remaining conscious and able to respond to any commands given by our dental team.

How Does It Work?

A young man preparing for a dental procedure and wearing a nasal mask to receive nitrous oxide

The process of receiving nitrous oxide sedation is quite simple. When you arrive, one of our doctors will provide you with a nasal mask that you will wear throughout your visit. Once the gas is turned on, you will quickly begin to feel calmer and as if you are floating. After a few minutes of allowing the sedation to take effect, our team will begin the treatment or procedure.

What makes nitrous oxide such a popular and common method of sedation is that it offers no lasting drowsiness and wears off quickly after it has been turned off. There’s also no need for an escort to and from your appointment.

How to Prepare for Sedation?

A middle-aged man seated in a dentist’s chair waiting for the professional to come in and begin administering sedation

Before your appointment where you will be receiving nitrous oxide, it is suggested that you refrain from eating at least two hours before your procedure. The reason for this is that should you have a full stomach, you might experience nausea afterward.

It is also important that you inform us of any respiratory issues you may be experiencing, as this can make it more difficult to breathe through your nose, thus, limiting the effectiveness of sedation.

The last thing you should remember to do is discuss your medication list and previous medical history with our dental team, as this will give us better insight into whether you should receive sedation or not.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

A young woman with her head turned and smiling as the dentist looks on in preparation for treatment

If you have any of the following, you are likely an ideal candidate for nitrous oxide sedation:

  • A mild form of dental anxiety
  • A fear of needles
  • Difficulty being able to control your movement or sit still
  • Past dental experiences that proved traumatic
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Difficulty with numbing agents

However, just because you qualify based on the reasons listed above, if you are experiencing any of the following, we may suggest holding off or providing an alternative treatment method that does not require sedation:

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you are currently battling sinus congestion
  • If you take certain medications
  • If you have respiratory disease

What to Expect Afterward

A young female with long, dark hair, smiling and giving a thumbs up after coming out of sedation

One of the great benefits of nitrous oxide is that the effects do not linger for a long period of time. Instead, they wear off quite quickly. After the gas is turned off, you will need to continue receiving oxygen for at least five minutes to ensure you do not develop a headache. Also, try to avoid eating anything heavy for at least three hours after your procedure.

You should be free to go about your daily responsibilities after you are cleared by one of our team members.