Sedation Dentistry – Oklahoma City, OK
No More Stressful Dental Visits
Does going to the dentist cause you or your child to feel anxious? If so, our team would like to know, and that’s because we can help put these nerves to rest with sedation dentistry. This approach can help even the most fearful patient feel fully relaxed during any procedure, removing a sizeable barrier between someone and their needed dental care. To learn more about our options for sedation dentistry in Oklahoma City, OK and which one might be best for you or your child, contact us today.
Why Choose Jeffrey F. Hermen, DDS for Sedation Dentistry?
- Nitrous Oxide: Gentle Enough for Children, Strong Enough for Adults
- Friendly & Highly Experienced Team
- Patient Comfort Always Comes First
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide is a light and gentle form of dental sedation, and you probably are more familiar with its nickname “laughing gas.” It’s been use in dentistry for decades to help patients feel more relaxed and comfortable in the dental chair. Patients of all ages can benefit from nitrous oxide sedation, and almost anyone is considered a good candidate for it. Best of all, there are no lasting side-effects once the nitrous oxide wears off, so you’ll be free to drive yourself home and carry on with your day as usual! Read on to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, and give us a call today to discover if it’s right for you.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
When compared to other forms of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide is the lightest. It’s also easy to adjust at any time during your treatment, and it’s very easy to administer. For all these reasons and more, nitrous oxide is a great choice for practically any patient interested in it. Young children to older adults can benefit from nitrous oxide sedation if they:
- Feel anxious or scared of the dentist, or need some help relaxing in the dental chair
- Have sensitive teeth or an overreactive gag reflex
- Have jaw, neck, shoulder, or back pain that makes sitting in the dental chair uncomfortable
- Struggle to sit still for long periods of time
- Will be having several treatments completed in one appointment
- Will be undergoing a lengthy or complex treatment
While most patients qualify as good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation, it’s not a good choice for those who are pregnant, have certain medical conditions, or who are experiencing nasal congestion. We’ll see you for a consultation beforehand to discuss your concerns and goals, then we’ll review your medical history and current health to determine if nitrous oxide is the best option for you.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?
When you arrive for your appointment and settle into the dental chair, we’ll place a small mask over your nose. Through it, you’ll breathe in a colorless, odorless gas that will make you feel light, airy, and care-free within a matter of moments. You’ll remain conscious throughout your appointment and will be able to respond to simple questions and instructions. However, you’ll be completely oblivious to the sights, sounds, and sensations that would typically cause you distress. In fact, some patients are so relaxed with nitrous oxide that they drift off to sleep during their treatment! Our experienced team will monitor you closely throughout your appointment. We’ll be able to precisely adjust your level of sedation at any moment if necessary to ensure your comfort and safety.
Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Once your treatment has been completed, we’ll simply remove the nose mask. Within just a few minutes of breathing in regular oxygen, you’ll return to your normal state of alertness. In rare cases, a patient may feel slightly nauseous for a short time, but the majority of patients experience no lingering symptoms or side effects once the sedation wears off. We’ll keep an eye on you for a short while, and then you’ll be free to drive yourself home and go about your day as usual.