About Nitrous Oxide
As part of our commitment to our patients, MINT dentistry is a modern practice that utilizes state-of-the-art technologies and techniques to help you get a sexy smile without stress or discomfort. We often consult with patients who would like to improve their smile but are nervous because of dentophobia (fear of the dentist). If fear is holding you back from achieving your aesthetic goals, MINT dentistry can help. Our modern facility in Lake Worth, TX offers sedation methods, like nitrous oxide gas, for dental procedures and services to help patients remain comfortable during their appointments. A safe and effective sedation method, nitrous oxide (N2O) helps you relax safely without feeling groggy afterward. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is offered by the board-certified doctors at MINT dentistry to keep you comfortable but still be conscious. Schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified dentists to learn about using nitrous oxide gas at your next visit.
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Nitrous oxide is among the most common sedation techniques available. Nitrous oxide sedation can be safely used on most patients. Before nitrous oxide gas is used, your dentist will go through your medical history, current medications, and any questions or concerns you may have to ensure nitrous oxide is a good choice for you. Nitrous oxide sedation may be used during most minimally invasive procedures and is often used along with local anesthesia to make you fully comfortable. Nitrous oxide gas can also be added to dental examinations or cleanings if you have anxiety or fears about the dentist that makes these procedures stressful for you. Nitrous oxide sedation may not be recommended if you have trouble breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or another medical condition.
What to Expect
To begin your appointment, we will ask you to lie back in a massaging treatment chair, then you can put on a pair of Beats headphones and MINT sunglasses. When you are settled in and ready, a nasal hood will be placed over your face to administer the nitrous oxide gas. As you breathe normally to inhale the gas, it should start to take effect quickly. A member of the MINT dentistry team will monitor your response to the sedation and vital signs, adjusting the volume as needed during your appointment so you remain comfortable. You may notice tingling in your arms and legs, as well as a feeling of warmth, vibration, euphoria, or well-being as the sedation takes effect. Nitrous oxide is normally combined with local anesthesia, such as lidocaine, to numb the area(s) being treated. Once the procedure is finished, we will turn off the gas and the nitrous oxide quickly leaves your system so you feel normal within a few minutes.
Nitrous oxide sedation usually needs a very short recovery period as the gas leaves your body within 3 – 5 minutes. You will be allowed to drive and resume your normal activities. Side effects are uncommon, but it is possible to experience temporary chills, sweating, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue. Please contact our office if your side effects last longer than three days or if you have any concerns. To reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting, we suggest you eat a small snack before your appointment and wait at least three hours after you leave before eating a large meal.
The MINT Commitment
If you're using insurance, our financial team will speak to your carrier to understand your benefits regarding sedation. Once we know this, we can calculate your personal costs before your procedure. For those who aren't using dental insurance, MINT dentistry takes many payment methods, including low-interest financing, to make your treatment and N2O sedation more affordable. Our MINT dentistry team is committed to helping our patients achieve their goal smile as painlessly as possible. If you cannot afford nitrous oxide sedation but have dental phobias, ask your dentist about the MINT Discount Plan for a way to save on your sedation and procedure.
Safe and Relaxed
Instead of putting off preventive dental care and ignoring pain in your mouth because of fear or anxiety, please schedule a consultation to get more information about nitrous oxide sedation at our office in Lake Worth, TX. Our experienced dentists will answer your questions and address your concerns about using N2O sedation at our practice in Lake Worth, TX.