Sedation Dentistry

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Sedation Dentistry

Many people avoid dentist visits out of fear. Dental anxiety is a common struggle that prevents sufferers from getting much needed dental care. The most conservative method to combat this obstacle is with nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.

What Is Laughing Gas and How Does It Make Patients Feel?

Nitrous oxide is an odorless, invisible gas that is inhaled through a mask that covers the nose and mouth. It takes mere minutes for the sedation effect to take hold. Patients experience a relaxed feeling that allows them to endure dental treatments in comfort. Laughing gas is ideal for children.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?

Yes. There are very few health conditions where nitrous should not be administered. At the Encinitas dental practice of Dr. Steve Horne, the professional team is well-trained in how to use nitrous oxide safely and effectively.

Do I Need A Ride Home If I Have Nitrous?

No. The sedation wears off within 3-5 minutes after the mask is removed. You will be alert and back to normal in virtually no time.

Is Nitrous Good for Everyone?

Laughing gas isn’t appropriate for all patients, but most people enjoy the feeling of calm it delivers. Dr. Horne will determine if nitrous is right for you during your initial exam.

One of the greatest things about dentistry is helping patients overcome their fears and get the treatment they need. Nitrous oxide is an effective tool that Dr. Horne used to make his patients more comfortable.