The team at Seidner Dentistry & Associates in Randolph, NJ knows most of us do not look forward to having dental treatment performed. We believe it is our responsibility as dental professionals to ensure your visit is as comfortable as possible. This is why we provide complimentary nitrous oxide sedation to you (a $100 value). Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of sedation dentistry. It is a great way to reduce or eliminate fear and anxiety related to dental care. It is safe, effective, and convenient!
How does nitrous oxide work?
Nitrous oxide is a colorless and odorless gas. It is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask or nasal cannula for you to breathe.
Unlike oral or IV sedation, nitrous oxide sedation allows the dentist to completely control how sedated you are at any given time. Nitrous oxide takes effect 3-5 minutes after it is first administered and, once you are no longer breathing it in, wears off in 3-5 minutes.
What will happen when I am sedated?
At first, you may feel what many describe as a “tingling” or vibrating sensation within your body, especially your arm and legs. This is followed by a warm feeling, and finally a sense of well-being. In this state of well-being, you may experience certain effects, such as the feeling of floating, the “giggles,” muted sound and general euphoria.
With nitrous oxide, you will still be conscious of your surroundings and able to respond. We have the ability to change your level of sedation from moment to moment. If you feel like you are not getting enough or are getting too much, a simple suggestion to the doctor or dental hygienist will let us know and we can adjust the flow.
Nitrous oxide leaves your system shortly after your procedure has finished so there is no lengthy wait for your sedatives to wear off. This means you will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment and continue with your day as normal.
Am I a candidate for nitrous oxide use?
Nitrous oxide may be the right option for you if you have ever experienced the following:
- Fear and anxiety of needles, drills, sounds, and smells of the dental office or any other aspect of dentistry
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Allergies to other types of sedatives
If you would like to learn more about how nitrous oxide is used in our office or are interested in inhalation sedation at your next appointment, feel free to call us. We are happy to address all of your questions or concerns.