If you suffer from anxiety before a dental appointment, our Mason sedation dentists offer multiple options for helping you relax. Many patients are able to stay calm throughout a multitude of procedures by receiving nitrous oxide.
For more information about nitrous oxide and our other sedation dentistry services, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry at (513) 234-5531 today. Dr. Tara Hardin and Dr. Gary Hardin serve clients throughout the Greater Cincinnati area from our office in Mason, Ohio.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is an inhaled gas that induces calming feelings. Many people call it “laughing gas” because of the giddiness some patients experience.
If nitrous oxide is used during your visit, the gas will be administered through a small mask you wear on your nose. After taking just a few deep breaths, the gas takes effect in just seconds. Most patients feel:
- Less anxious about their appointment
- Diminished pain response
- Tingling in the arms and legs
- A sensation of warmth in the body
Our dentists will monitor your reaction to sedation and carefully manage the concentration of gas during the course of your procedure. Members of our team have extensive experience with nitrous oxide, and we know how to use the equipment safely and adjust for patients’ individual needs.
Is Nitrous Oxide Right for Me?
Almost everyone can safely undergo sedation with nitrous oxide. You might be an ideal candidate if you are worried about what might happen during an upcoming appointment or you have a recurring fear of going to the dentist.
Nitrous oxide might not be effective for patients suffering from nasal congestion or any condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult. If you have asthma or other lung ailments, our Mason dentists can discuss possible alternatives for helping you relax.
What Are the Advantages of Nitrous Oxide?
Those who receive nitrous oxide are the only sedation patients who can drive themselves home after the appointment. Other benefits besides convenience include:
- Proven safety record
- Minimal, uncommon side effects
Nitrous oxide also reduces saliva flow and diminishes gag reflex, which can help improve your comfort and make the procedure easier to perform.
To find out how our sedation dentists can help you relax for your visit, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry at (513) 234-5531 or contact us online today. Our Mason dentists welcome patients from Cincinnati and Dayton, as well as SE Indiana and Northern Kentucky.