At Evans Street Dental Center, we offer sedation dentistry in McMinnville, Oregon, for our patients. If you are anxious about receiving the dental treatments you need, nitrous oxide sedation or oral sedation may be a solution for you. In some cases, our dentist, Dr. Natalya Ramsay, may recommend using nitrous oxide for a more comfortable visit.
Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a form of sedation dentistry. It is a great way to reduce or eliminate anxiety for the fearful patient. It is safe, effective and convenient!
How does nitrous oxide work?
Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas. It is mixed with oxygen and administered through a mask or nasal cannula for you to breathe. It is for this reason that the use of nitrous oxide is referred to as conscious inhalation sedation.
Unlike oral or IV sedation, inhalation sedation allows the dentist to completely control how sedated you are at any given time. Nitrous oxide takes effect three to five minutes after it is first administered and quickly wears off after it is removed from the patient.
What will happen when I am sedated?
At first you may feel what many describe as a “tingling” or vibrating sensation within your body, especially your arms and legs. This is quickly followed by a warm feeling, and finally a sense of wellbeing.
With nitrous oxide, you will still be conscious of your surroundings and able to respond. We have the ability to change your level of sedation from moment to moment if you feel like you are not getting enough or are getting too much.
Nitrous oxide leaves your system shortly after your procedure has finished, so there is no lengthy wait for your sedatives to wear off. This means you will be able to drive yourself home after your appointment and continue with your day as normal.
Am I a candidate for nitrous oxide use?
Nitrous oxide may be the right option for you if you have ever experienced the following:
- Fear and anxiety of needles, drills, and sounds and smells of the dental office, or any other aspect of dentistry
- Sensitive gag reflex
- Traumatic dental experiences in the past
- Allergies to other types of sedatives
If you would like to learn more about how nitrous oxide is used in our office, or if you are interested in inhalation sedation at your next appointment, feel free to call us at 503-472-1402. We are happy to address all of your questions and concerns.