McKinney Sedation Dentistry
Relaxing, Comfortable Dental Visits
Offering Nitrous Oxide - Laughing Gas
Are you having concerns about your next dental procedure? Do dental visits give you anxiety in general? Well sedation dentistry might be your best option in eliminating any concerns! No matter how gentle we promise to be, we still see patients in McKinney who are terrified of any kind of dental work. Even a simple checkup can make people tremble with fear.
Oral hygiene and dental care are essential to your body’s health. We want to ensure that you get the treatment you need – without the anxiety you would normally feel during a visit. This is why we now offer Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) sedation. It offers patients a safe and comfortable way to have their teeth cared for, while helping to ease anxiety. Nitrous oxide can also help us administer routine local anesthesia if a patient has any fear of needles. When used in combination, sedation dentistry (as it’s commonly called) should alleviate any pain or discomfort!
What to Expect During Your Visit
With Nitrous Oxide/Oxygen Sedation (Inhalation Conscious Sedation), the patient will experience a state of very deep relaxation. You can still speak and respond to the requests of others. This is the most frequently used sedation method used in dentistry. All bodily functions remain normal and the person is able to breathe on their own. Inhalation Sedation has been used by dentists for many years.
Advantages of Nitrous Oxide:
- Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
- Rapid onset
- Quick recovery
- Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
- Absolute control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment
- Very few side effects
- There is an analgesic effect
- You can drive yourself to, and from your dental appointment 15 mins after nitrous oxide administration
- You can return to normal activities soon after
Disadvantages of Nitrous Oxide:
- Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation
- Not indicated for people who have respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
- Claustrophobic patients do not like anything covering their nose
What Medications are used for Dental Inhalation Sedation?
- Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
- Oxygen (O2)
The safety features of the machine ensure a patient receives no less than 30% oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide. Usually, the patient receives 50% to 70% oxygen.