Nitrous Oxide for Fort Worth Dental Patients
There’s no need to be afraid of the dentist when you have access to nitrous oxide at the office of Dr. Blair.
Are you afraid of the dentist? Lots of people are, and this fear can cause them and you to put off even regular dental cleanings and exams. You know that regular checkups are essential for long-term oral health and that skipping these visits can cause major damage to your teeth and gums. If you want a sedation dentistry option that offers mild sensations, few side effects, and a simple way to overcome nervousness during dental visits, nitrous oxide (or laughing gas) may be the right choice for you. Many people who are afraid of the dentist love this service offered by Dr. Blair at their Fort Worth office.
Nitrous oxide was first used to provide pain relief to dental patients in 1844. Today, roughly 1/3 of all dental patients opt for nitrous oxide to help them deal with feelings of hesitation and fear. Nitrous oxide comes with lots of benefits for overcoming dental anxiety, and many find that they experience no negative side effects from the treatment. It is very easy for you to control the dosage and level of sedation you feel. Also known by many as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide can induce amazingly pleasant feelings that will distract you from whatever dental care procedure you’re having performed and make it easy for you to relax.
How does nitrous oxide work?
A mask will be placed over your nose, and you'll inhale the gas through it. The effects may be increased or decreased, making it easy to control your level of sedation throughout the entire procedure. Afterwards, you simply breathe 100% oxygen to clear the nitrous oxide from your system.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide
Many patients who are afraid of the dentist use nitrous oxide to overcome their fears for minor dental procedures like dental cleanings and exams. This service can make you feel:
- A tingling sensation
Nitrous oxide is often referred to as “laughing gas” because the side effects include a feeling of levity that may influence you to joke around with Dr. Blair at our Fort Worth office instead of worrying or feeling anxious.
Other benefits of nitrous oxide include the fact that the sedation wears off so quickly that patients can often drive themselves home safely after their procedure. The service also takes effect quickly, can be controlled easily, causes no sensations that resemble a hangover, and doesn’t require any kind of injection.
Side Effects of Nitrous Oxide
While nitrous oxide is a safe way to help you feel less afraid of the dentist, the treatment can involve some side effects. These are usually mild and may include:
- Problems with coordination
The majority of the side effects of nitrous oxide are related to oversedation, and they’ll quickly go away with a decrease in your exposure to N2O (nitrous oxide). Dr. Blair can increase the amount of oxygen in the mixture and you’ll see the negative side effects of nitrous oxide wear off in minutes.
If you suffer severe dental anxiety, you may be interested in a service that's more effective than nitrous oxide, such as oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. Luckily, our Forth Worth office provides all of these options to patients, banishing your fear and leaving you with only a healthy smile. Turn to Dr. Blair and Dr. Blair for nitrous oxide and other sedation methods. Contact us to find out how our team can help you!