Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Dental anxiety, or the intense feeling of uneasiness surrounding visiting a dentist, is a real problem that can cause our patients to feel stressed or panicked. Even just the thought of a single routine cleaning can be stressful for those with severe dental anxiety. Tumwater Family Dentistry understands some of our patients may feel this way, which is why we offer Nitrous Oxide Sedation.
Nitrous Oxide, or ‘laughing gas’ as it is sometimes called, is a safe and effective form of sedation. It does not put you completely to sleep, but relaxes you enough to reduce any uneasiness you may feel. While under Nitrous Oxide sedation, you will be able to see, hear, and respond to everything going on around you.
Nitrous Oxide is pain free, as there are no needles or injections involved. It is administered by having the individual breathe through a mask.
This form of sedation is commonly used in dentistry, as it helps give patients peace of mind that they will be comfortable and relaxed during an office visit. Just knowing this single fact can dramatically reduce anxiety and stress.
One of the reasons why Nitrous Oxide is a preferred method of sedation for both patients is because there are almost zero side effects. Unlike other sedation methods, there are no feelings of drowsiness or fogginess after using Nitrous Oxide sedation. In fact, you can even drive yourself home or possibly return to work after using Nitrous Oxide, as the effects wear off in 3-5 minutes.
In an effort to provide our patients with the best, most comfortable dental care possible, we offer Nitrous Oxide sedation at no cost, as we want our patients to feel comfortable when visiting us. This service is completely optional and can be used with almost any procedure we offer here at Tumwater Family Dentistry.