nitrous oxide

nitrous oxideIs Nitrous Oxide Right for Me?

Serving Choto, Northshore, and surrounding areas of Knoxville, TN

When it comes to going to the dentist, it should be a calm and relaxing experience, not one that causes anxiety and fear. If you are searching for a more relaxing method of receiving your dental treatments, then nitrous oxide also referred to as “laughing gas,” may be for you.

If you are considering nitrous oxide, you probably have some questions, and your Choto family dentist has some answers for you. This page may help you decide whether nitrous oxide is right for you. However, do not hesitate to ask us any other questions that you may have regarding your procedure.

Am I a candidate for sedation dentistry?

This is difficult to say for sure, without first providing you with a thorough consultation that considers your medical history and oral health. However, in general, most healthy individuals who are fearful of going to the dentist are candidates for nitrous oxide.

What scares you about going to the dentist? Is it the sounds, the unusual smells from the dental materials, or just the simple fact that you are there to begin with?

There is not a gauge for measuring how scared or nervous you may be feeling about your upcoming dental appointment. Some patients get nervous or anxious at the thought of going to the dentist, while others will downright refuse to go unless they are in severe pain. The latter, however, usually ends up with more costly, invasive dental repairs than someone who goes for their checkups regularly. If either of these scenarios sounds like you, then nitrous oxide may be the right choice.

You could be a candidate for nitrous oxide so long as you:

  • Can breathe with a mask over your nose (are not claustrophobic)
  • Are not pregnant
  • Do not have any medical condition that may interfere

Who can benefit from sedation dentistry? 

Nitrous oxide can not only help you feel calm and relaxed, but it can help make the time seem like it is going by faster.

This makes nitrous oxide ideal for these scenarios:

  • If you have a strong gag reflex
  • If you experience a high level of dental anxiety
  • Have the inability to hold mouth open for lengthy appointments
  • Experience jaw discomfort while undergoing lengthy appointments
  • Inability to get numb
  • Unable to sit still for long periods of time

Nitrous oxide is especially ideal for surgical extractions or lengthy cosmetic dental appointments, which typically require you to sit still for an extended amount of time. This way, you can receive the necessary care that you need, but without all the worry and anxiety.

How should I plan my visit?

Receiving nitrous oxide makes for an easy appointment. Since you will remain awake throughout your procedure, and since the effects of the gas wear off rather quickly, you do not have to have a driver. You can drive yourself to and from your appointment, and can even return to your normal activities afterward. Some patients may report feeling a bit nauseous or experience a headache afterward, but these symptoms are rare and tend to subside shortly after treatment.

Nitrous Oxide in Knoxville

If you would like to learn more about nitrous oxide or see if you are a candidate, contact the office of Choto Family Dentistry by calling (865) 409-5077 to schedule a consultation. We welcome patients of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the communities of Choto and Northshore.