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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Plano, TX

Overcome Your Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Woman breathing in nitrous oxide at dentist visit

Does the sheer thought of visiting the dentist cause a wave of panic to come over your body? You’re not alone. In fact, almost 60% of patients struggle with mild to severe dental-related anxiety. Thankfully, our sedation dentist at Antoon Family Dental can provide you with a relaxing experience with nitrous oxide sedation. Whether you need a simple cleaning or a more complex treatment, contact our office so we can help you get the dental care you need stress-free!

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Dentist talking to patient about nitrous oxide sedation

Nitrous oxide (commonly referred to as laughing gas) is an inhaled sedative that is delivered through a mask piece that is placed over the nose. The mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen forms an odorless gas that allows patients to remain conscious in a deep state of relaxation. Your limbs may feel heavy or slightly tingly, but overall you will remain comfortable for a peaceful, pain-free experience. Throughout your time in the treatment chair, you’ll be able to respond to questions and communicate as needed. However, the calming effects may also cause you to doze off. Our team will be able to easily wake you and once the sedative is stopped the effects dissipate nearly instantaneously. So, you will be able to drive yourself home or go back to work right after your treatment if needed!

Am I a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

Relaxed woman during dental appointment

If you are too anxious to make your next appointment or have nerves surrounding your upcoming visit, then you may be a candidate for nitrous oxide. Typically, it is recommended for patients who:

  • Experience dental-related fears or anxieties.
  • Have a strong gag reflex.
  • Get neck, back, or jaw pain.
  • Struggle with tooth sensitivity.

However, if you have elevated blood pressure or are pregnant, then nitrous oxide is not recommended.

What Is the Recovery Like?

Man smiling in dentist's treatment chair

Since nitrous oxide does not have any lingering side effects, there isn’t a “hangover” outcome like other sedatives. Instead, you will be able to recover nearly instantaneously. However, Dr. Antoon will provide you with follow-up instructions specific to your treatment, which may include when you can take pain medication, food restrictions, and how to keep your mouth infection-free. As always, our team will make sure to review the paperwork with you and answer any and all questions you have before you leave.

Are you ready to leave anxiety-inducing trips to the dentist in the past? Then contact our office and ask our team about dental technology and comforts at Antoon Family Dental!