You’re not alone if the thought of visiting your dental provider makes you nervous. There’s a definite fear of the unknown, especially when it comes to your dental health. It’s normal to feel worried or anxious before a dental session. That’s when sedation can be a viable and stress-free option.
At Hampton’s Dental, we offer our oxide sedation to help our patients relax. This procedure is pain-free and quick. The best part? It doesn’t require any needles! To better inform yourself of sedation and the different avenues you can take, check out this informative post on WebMD.
If you find yourself sweaty, clammy, and short of breath at the dentist’s office, it may be worth considering oxide sedation. This standard technique helps you relax while on that dreaded dentist’s chair. Our team is here to ensure you have a pleasant procedure and receive the top-notch care and treatment you deserve.
What Is Oxide Sedation?
Sedation dentistry uses a clear, odourless gas called nitrous oxide to help you relax when you’re feeling shaky or nervous. You won’t go to sleep (unless you’re on anaesthesia). The nitrous oxide mixes in with differing levels of oxygen, depending on the intensity of the dose:
- A minimal dose means you’re awake but relaxed. A smaller dose is appropriate for those who suffer from mild anxiety. Usually, this means there’s a 70-30 split between oxygen and nitrous oxide gas.
- A moderate dose means you’re half in, half out. You might not remember the whole procedure, but you’re awake. The dose is usually a 50-50 split between Oxygen and Nitrous oxide.
- A deep dose means you’re on the edge of consciousness, but the dentist can awaken you if necessary. This is usually a 30-70 split between oxygen and nitrous oxide.
If you’re unsure about the dose right for you, our dentists at Hampton’s Dental will help.
How Do We Administer Nitrous Oxide?
A dentist will administer oxide sedation through a nasal hood. The hood is a moulded piece of plastic that fits over your nose for optimum inhalation. Tubes attached to this hood connect to canisters that contain the gas. One tube connects to the oxygen and the other to Nitrous oxide canister.
The dentist will administer the necessary dosage according to the patient’s needs. They’ll first start with the oxygen and slowly increase the amount of Nitrous oxide.
Some things to expect from Nitrous oxide inhalation include tingling sensations, warmth, euphoria, throbbing, or sleepiness. While nausea is one side effect, there is usually a happy feeling associated with Nitrous oxide. The effect is why the substance is also known as laughing gas)!
Is Oxide Sedation an Appropriate Choice for You?
Usually, sedation is a good idea if you suffer from anxieties or fear of dentists or dental procedures. Sedation lets you have an easier time of it all. It is worth considering as it can make your trip to the dentist a lot easier and absolve you of fear the next time you go.
Oxide sedation is also advisable if you have a low pain threshold or find it hard to sit still for long periods. Sometimes, dentists also provide sedation if you have a terrible gag reflex, suffer from sensitive teeth, or are undergoing a lengthy procedure.
Other benefits of oxide sedation include the following:
- This method works very quickly. The effects begin to show in as little as 2-3 minutes since the gas reaches the brain within 20 seconds.
- It wears off quickly, which means you’ll most likely be able to drive home after your procedure.
- It’s a painkiller, so in most cases, you won’t need any anaesthesia.
- Absolutely zero needles are necessary with this procedure.
- There are no long-term side effects; however, some people do experience nausea upon encountering Nitrous oxide.
Is It Safe?
Oxide sedation is safe. It can work as a relaxant as well as an anaesthetic. You can undergo a range of procedures substituting anaesthesia for oxide sedation, as long as the dosages are correct.
We advise you to speak with your dentist and weigh your options. Before you go to your procedure, you can expect the following:
- Your dentist should go over your medical history and query you about any medication you’re taking.
- The dental team will check if the sedative is a) appropriate for your age and b) approved for use by governmental policies.
There are also ways you can prepare for the initial consultation. Check up on your dentist’s background, experience, and the clinic’s reviews. Not only is this a generally good idea, but it may help alleviate anxieties in the process, leaving you feeling a lot more prepared.
Alongside this, you should receive a form detailing the procedure with any potential risks. Should you find yourself confused or a little worried, feel free to ask your dentist about it.
Remember that your dentist should have oxygen (artificial ventilation) on hand, should you want to reverse the effects of oxide sedation. Do make sure that your dentist has this as it will help you feel more in control.
Oxide sedation is a safe and effective way to help people achieve healthy smiles. Each dentist at Hampton’s Dental has undergone training and is an expert on facilitating sedation. Give us a call to schedule an appointment and remember, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to ask!