Dr. Siegelman and the team in our New York City dental office are known for going the extra mile to ensure patient comfort. We understand that there are varying degrees of anxiety that each patient may experience with a dental procedure. If you are someone who finds it difficult to see the dentist, we are here to help you. Our primary goal in patient care is to provide understanding, trust, and comfort. During your visit, or even over the phone, we are happy to speak with you about the options to achieve your dental work in a way that makes sense for you and your individual needs. Here, we will take a closer look at one of our options to help you relax, nitrous oxide – aka “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is a light sedative that is safe and effective in alleviating mild anxiety.
What’s in a Name?Many people refer to nitrous oxide as laughing gas. The reason for this reference is that laughing gas is known to bring about feelings of lightness and euphoria. The release of stress and fear is replaced with, to put it directly, a really good mood! Does this mean you may actually LOL while getting your teeth cleaned? Chances are, you won’t. This is because nitrous oxide is delivered in a precise dosage that simply provides a sense of calmness and well-being.
What to Expect during Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Plan to have nothing to eat or drink for 2 hours prior to your appointment and arrive for your appointment ready to put your feet up and unwind.
- Nitrous oxide is administered in combination with oxygen via a small mask placed over your nose.
- Within moments of breathing in the mixture, you’ll begin to feel more relaxed. Usually, anxiety is gone within five minutes. We will not begin treatment until you feel calm and ready.
- You may listen to your favorite music during your treatment.
- You will be alert and able to speak with us if you need, however, your response to the stimulation of the dental office, though, will be more relaxed.
- Some patients feel a warming sensation, or tingling under this type of sedation.
- A floating sensation may also occur.\
- After completion of care, you will be able to safely resume your normal activities, having no lingering sedative effects.