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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – St. Louis, MO

We Can Help You Relax in the Dental Chair

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When it comes to dental sedation, one of the most common methods is to use nitrous oxide – or as you might know it, laughing gas. This is generally the best solution for patients who need help from a sedation dentist to stay calm and relaxed during a procedure while still being able to drive themselves home afterwards. If you make an appointment with Dr. Moreland, don’t forget to ask about nitrous oxide and other types of sedation that are available.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

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The nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen before being delivered through a mask placed over your nose. After just a few minutes, you’ll start feeling significantly calmer. The gas doesn’t put you to sleep; you’ll still be able to hear Dr. Moreland so you can follow simple instructions and answer questions.

Nitrous oxide helps reduce anxiety, lessening any fear you might have regarding your procedure. It also kills pain and creates a sense of euphoria so that you feel good throughout your visit. Patients normally report feeling light-headed once the gas is administered; they might also notice a tingling sensation or a heavy feeling in their arms and legs.

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

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Many patients have dental-related fears or anxieties that are enhanced by an upcoming oral surgical procedure. Dr. Moreland will recommend a level of sedation partially based on the severity of your apprehension. Nitrous oxide is often a preferred method for patients with mild to moderate dental phobias.

We might also recommend this form of sedation for patients undergoing specific procedures. For example, we might recommend it if you’re having your wisdom teeth removed or are receiving dental implants. For other types of oral surgery (or cases where dental anxiety is particularly severe), we might recommend a stronger treatment like general anesthesia.

Note that nitrous oxide will often be paired with a local anesthetic that will numb the area where the surgery will be performed. This helps keep any discomfort you might experience to an absolute minimum.

What Can I Expect from the Recovery Process Afterwards?

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One of the advantages of nitrous oxide is that unlike other types of sedation, there’s little to no recovery time required afterwards. The effects wear off minutes after the mask has been removed. That means you won’t have to wait for very long before moving on with your daily routine. By contrast, it can take hours to recover from general anesthesia and IV sedation; you might need to ask someone else to come pick you up and drive you home after the surgery. With nitrous oxide, you’ll be able to leave under your own steam. In many cases you’ll even be able to head back to work.

Feel free to ask Dr. Moreland any questions you might still have about nitrous oxide sedation. He’ll make sure you have all the information you need to make any necessary preparations before the surgery.