Nitrous Oxide

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For some patients, visiting the dentist can be a stressful experience, leading to dental anxiety. In some cases, dental anxiety prevents patients from ever going to the dentist, which only leads to extensive oral health issues down the road.

The solution to your dental anxiety

Nearly 15 percent of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. Many people with this affliction avoid the dentist altogether and, as a result, these patients have not received professional oral health care for years. For patients with dental anxiety, SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry offers sedation through nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as laughing gas.

How it works

Administered to patients through a mask that covers the mouth and nose, nitrous oxide does not lead to a total loss of consciousness. Instead, it calms you, easing fear and diminishing your awareness of any discomfort. During this form of sedation, you still have control of your body and can communicate with us during your procedure.

After the procedure is complete, we turn off the flow of gas and administer pure oxygen. This allows the effects of nitrous oxide to wear off in rapid fashion.

In addition to dental anxiety, patients with the following conditions also can benefit from sedation through nitrous oxide:

  • Jaw discomfort
  • Issues controlling muscles for a prolonged amount of time
  • Strong gag reflex
  • Patients undergoing lengthy procedures

Is nitrous oxide right for you?

We can administer nitrous oxide to children as well as adults. If sedation dentistry is planned for your child, we ask parents to give little to no food prior to the appointment, as the gas may cause nausea as a side effect.

Nitrous oxide is not a good option for patients who are pregnant or those who have certain medical conditions.

If you or a member of your family suffers from dental anxiety or another pre-existing condition that makes it difficult to receive regular oral care, then contact our office at (864) 647-9000 to learn more about sedation through the nitrous oxide.

SC Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is proud to serve patients living in the areas of Anderson, Clemson, and Seneca, SC

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