About Nitrous Oxide
Committed to giving our patients a premier dental experience, MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX utilizes cutting-edge techniques and technologies to help our patients get a chic smile without stress or discomfort. Our experienced dentists often meet with patients who wish to improve their smile but are hesitant about getting started because of dental phobia or fears. If anxiety is keeping you from achieving your aesthetic goals, MINT dentistry can help. Our advanced practice in Conroe, TX offers sedation methods, like nitrous oxide gas, for dental treatments and procedures to help patients remain comfortable throughout their visit. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is an effective sedation method that helps you relax safely without a groggy feeling after. Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide is offered by the board-certified dentists at MINT dentistry to help you feel more comfortable but still be conscious. Schedule a consultation at our office to get more information about using nitrous oxide gas at your next visit.
Best Candidates for Nitrous Oxide Sedation
In most dental practices, nitrous oxide gas is among the most popular sedation techniques available. It can be safely used on most patients, both adults and children. During your consultation, your dentist will go through your medical history, current medications, and any questions or concerns you may have to make sure nitrous oxide is the best choice. N2O sedation may be used during most procedures and is typically used along with local anesthesia to maximize comfort. Nitrous oxide gas can also be added to standard dental examinations or cleanings if you have dental anxieties or fears that make these appointments stressful for you. Nitrous oxide gas may not be recommended if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, have COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or certain other conditions.
What to Expect with Nitrous Oxide Sedation
For your appointment, we will invite you to settle into one of our massaging treatment chairs, then you can put on a pair of Beats headphones and MINT sunglasses. Before your procedure begins, a nasal hood will be placed over your face to administer the nitrous oxide gas. While you breathe normally to inhale the gas, it should start to take effect quickly. Your team will monitor your response to the sedation and vital signs, adjusting the volume as needed during your appointment so you remain comfortable. Most patients feel tingling in their legs and arms, as well as a feeling of warmth, vibration, euphoria, or well-being as the sedation starts to work. Nitrous oxide is normally combined with a local anesthesia, such as lidocaine, to numb the area(s) being treated. After the procedure is complete, the gas will be turned off and the effects should quickly wear off.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Treatment Aftercare
Nitrous oxide sedation usually needs a very short recovery period as the gas leaves your body after a few minutes. You should be able to drive and get back to your regular day when you leave our office. Most patients have no side effects, but it is possible to experience temporary headaches, chills, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue. Please contact MINT dentistry if you have any concerns or side effects that last longer than a few days. To minimize your risk of nausea and vomiting, our team suggests you eat a light snack before your appointment and wait at least three hours after you leave before eating a large meal.
The MINT Commitment
If you have dental insurance, our front office will contact your carrier to confirm your coverage regarding nitrous oxide sedation. Once we know this, we can estimate your remaining costs. If you do not have dental insurance, MINT dentistry accepts several payment methods, including low-interest financing, which can make your procedure and sedation techniques, like nitrous oxide gas, more affordable. Our MINT dentistry team is dedicated to helping you get your dream smile without unnecessary discomfort or fear. If you cannot afford nitrous oxide sedation but have dental phobias, ask a member of the MINT dentistry team for more information on the MINT Discount Plan and whether it can help make your procedures and pain-management plan more affordable.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe and Relaxed
If you skip routine dental appointments or you're ignoring toothaches because of anxiety or fear of the dentist, please make an appointment to learn more about nitrous oxide gas and other sedation methods at MINT dentistry in Conroe, TX. Our highly trained team will answer your questions and address your concerns about using N2O sedation at our office.