If you have put off or altogether avoided dental treatment due to your fear of the dentist, you may be a good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation. At Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, our full-scope facility offers nitrous oxide sedation for a range of procedures to help patients with dental anxieties and fears feel at ease during their visits. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is an effective conscious sedation option that can help you relax safely during your appointment without any lingering aftereffects. Commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation administered by our experienced surgical team can allow you to feel calm and more relaxed yet still fully awake and aware of your surroundings. Schedule a consultation at our Albany, NY oral and maxillofacial surgery center with Drs. Stephen DeMarco, Diego Miron, Timothy Adams, or Luis Delgado to learn more about receiving nitrous oxide during your treatment.
N2O is one of the most common sedation techniques and can be utilized with little risk for both adults and children. Prior to approving the use of nitrous oxide, one of our surgeons will carefully review your medical history, current medications, and any other concerns to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is indeed a good fit for you. Nitrous oxide sedation can be used for long or short procedures in conjunction with local anesthesia to help minimize your discomfort. This option is often a good solution for mild fear or anxieties toward dentistry that may be preventing you from getting the care you need for improved oral health. Nitrous oxide gas may not be suitable if you have difficulty breathing through your nose, extreme phobias, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar health conditions.
What To Expect
Before the procedure begins, the nitrous oxide will be administered through a nasal mask that fits comfortably over your nose. As you inhale the gas, it will act quickly and start taking effect within minutes. Our clinical team will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the amount as needed throughout the procedure so that you remain at ease. You may notice a tingling sensation in your outer extremities, as well as a feeling of warmth, euphoria, or well-being as the N2O begins to take effect. Nitrous oxide is typically used alongside a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to numb your mouth and provide comfort during your care. When your procedure is finished, the gas will be turned off and the effects will begin to fade immediately.
Recovery from N2O sedation is usually immediate as the medication is eliminated from the body in a matter of minutes. You should be ready to drive and return to your daily activities when you leave our facility. Side effects are uncommon, but you may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Please call our staff if you have any questions or concerns. To minimize the risk of nausea, our surgeons recommend that you eat a light meal prior to your procedure and then wait at least three hours after your appointment before consuming a heavy meal.
If you carry dental insurance, our team will call your provider to understand any potential benefits regarding nitrous oxide conscious sedation. This information will help us determine your expected costs before your procedure. For those who do not have dental insurance, Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons accepts several forms of payment, which includes medical financing to help make your treatment and N2O sedation more affordable.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If you are prolonging the care you need or ignoring oral discomfort because of fear of the dentist, please consider scheduling a consultation with our compassionate surgical team for more information about nitrous oxide sedation. Our friendly team is well-trained and will gladly answer your questions and ease your concerns about the use of nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure. Get in touch with Capital District Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons in Albany, NY and talk with a member of our team today.