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By Carol A. Cunningham, DDS
May 08, 2018
Category: Oral Health

Feeling nervous about seeing your dentist is a common occurrence which causes many people to avoid or put off dental procedures until it nitrous oxide sedationis too late. However, nitrous oxide sedation can help you soothe your worries and calm your nerves in the dentist’s chair. But what is nitrous oxide sedation and how can it benefit you? Find out with Dr. Carol Cunningham at Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL.

What is nitrous oxide sedation? 
Nitrous oxide is a gas which, when inhaled, slows down the brain and body’s reaction time. Often referred to as “laughing gas” or “sweet air,” nitrous oxide has an effect which makes you feel euphoric, calm, and relaxed during your dental procedure. Its effects vary depending on how much gas is inhaled. Nitrous oxide is considered a safe and effective way to deal with dental anxiety during dental procedures. After the procedure, your dentist will give you pure oxygen to inhale to reverse the nitrous oxide’s effects.

Do I need nitrous oxide sedation? 
Imagine that you are sitting in the dental chair awaiting a procedure by your dentist. Does that situation make you feel anxious or nervous? Do you put off going to the dentist due to feeling uncomfortable or unsure about undergoing a dental procedure? Does the whirr of the dental drill make you cringe? If you have dental anxiety, you can probably benefit from nitrous oxide sedation.

Am I a candidate for nitrous oxide sedation? 
A good candidate for nitrous oxide sedation is in good general health and do not have conditions like emphysema. Patients should have a valid reason for requesting nitrous oxide, such as dental anxiety. Women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy should not receive nitrous oxide sedation.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Decatur, IL 
If you think you can benefit from nitrous oxide sedation, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you. For more information on nitrous oxide sedation or sedation dentistry in general, please contact Dr. Cunningham at Gentle Art of Dentistry in Decatur, IL. Call (217) 422-7448 to schedule your appointment today!