If you have not been maintaining your oral health due to anxiety about the dentist, you’re a good fit for nitrous oxide sedation at 32nd Street Dental. Led by Dr. Brett Cotham, our facility in Joplin, MO provides nitrous oxide sedation for complex dental procedures and to help patients with dental anxieties and fears during normal checkups and exams. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is a simple sedation option that may help you safely relax during your visit. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is used by our seasoned dentists to keep you awake while being completely relaxed. Schedule a consultation with our team for more information on the use of sedation methods, like N2O, during your dental visits.
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Best Candidates for Sedation (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is an incredibly popular sedation technique, and it can be used safely on adults and children. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, one of our dentists will go through your concerns, current medications, and medical history to ensure nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. N2O sedation may be used for advanced or routine procedures in conjunction with local anesthesia to help decrease your discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be used to ease dental anxieties or fears that keep you from visiting the dentist. Nitrous oxide gas may not be a good choice if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar conditions.
What To Expect from Sedation (Laughing Gas)
Before the procedure is initiated, the N2O will be administered via a nasal hood. As you take in the gas, it will quickly act and start relaxing you. A member of our team will monitor your health and response to the gas, and adjust the amount as required throughout the procedure so you remain at ease. You should expect tingling in your arms and legs, as well as a feeling of well-being, warmth, and euphoria as the gas begins to take effect. Nitrous oxide is usually used in conjunction with local anesthesia, such as lidocaine, to numb your mouth. When the procedure is complete, the gas will be turned off and the effects should quickly wear off.
Recovery for Sedation (Laughing Gas)
Recovery from N2O sedation is usually immediate as the gas is eliminated in just a few minutes. You should be able to drive and resume your normal activities when you leave our office. Side effects are uncommon, but you might experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Do not hesitate to contact our team if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To decrease the risk of nausea and vomiting, our dentists suggest you eat a light meal before your procedure and then hold off about three hours after you leave before eating a heavy meal.
Insurance Coverage for Sedation (Laughing Gas)
If you have dental insurance, we will make contact with your carrier to understand your existing coverage as it pertains to nitrous oxide sedation. This will help us determine your out-of-pocket costs before your procedure. If you do not have dental insurance, 32nd Street Dental accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing, to help make your treatment and N2O sedation more affordable.
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Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If you do not maintain standard dental appointments or you’re suffering from dental pain because of anxiety, please consider scheduling an appointment with one of our talented dentists to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at our practice in Joplin, MO. Our experienced team will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about the use of nitrous oxide sedation at 32nd Street Dental.