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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Oklahoma City, OK

Safe Relief for Your Dental Anxiety

woman giving thumbs up before receiving nitrous oxide sedation in Oklahoma City

Does the thought of visiting the dentist make you break out in a cold sweat? Have you been needing to get dental work done but become too nervous when you think about actually going? If this sounds familiar, you’re far from alone. About one out of every five Americans has avoided seeing their dentist due to fear. Because this issue is so prevalent, Dr. Joe Isaacson, your sedation dentist in Oklahoma City, has the perfect solution: nitrous oxide sedation. This treatment provides safe relief for your dental anxiety, allowing you to relax enough to get the quality care you need, completely stress-free. Read on below to learn more about what nitrous oxide sedation is and how you can benefit from it. If you’re ready to finally get the dental care you need worry-free, call Joe Isaacson Dental today!

Why Choose Joe Isaacson Dental for Nitrous Oxide Sedation? 

  • Highly Experienced and Compassionate Dentist
  • Comfortable, Modern Office Atmosphere
  • Safe Treatment for Patients of All Ages

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

man wearing white nitrous oxide mask over his nose in dental chair

Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas that is inhaled through a small mask that we put over your nose. Within minutes of breathing it in, this gas produces warm feelings of euphoria that can sometimes give patients the giggles, hence its nickname “laughing gas.” Once the nitrous oxide has taken effect, you’ll be relaxed enough to undergo the treatment you need. The gas also suppresses the gag reflex and numbs pain receptors, making most procedures significantly easier. While you’ll still be awake, the majority of patients have little to no memory of their procedure once the nitrous oxide wears off.

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Right for You?

young man sitting in dental chair and smiling at his dentist

Most patients with mild to moderate dental anxiety would make good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. Once you’ve started breathing in the gas, all of your worries about getting dental work done will be a thing of the past. However, anxiety isn’t the only reason why patients choose nitrous oxide. For example, if you aren’t nervous but you need an extensive amount of work done in one appointment, being sedated might make it easier since holding your mouth open for that long can be tiring.

People with sensitive teeth or an overactive gag reflex should also consider nitrous oxide. Other good candidates include uncooperative children, patients with special needs, or those who have trouble sitting still for prolonged amounts of time.

If your dental anxiety is more severe, nitrous oxide may not be enough to entirely alleviate it. You might be better off with the more potent oral conscious sedation instead.

What Can You Expect During Your Procedure?

young woman sitting in dental chair and talking to her dentist

After you settle into the dental chair, we’ll place a mask over your nose and begin administering the nitrous oxide. Waves of joy and relaxation should soon wash over you. Depending on the nature of your procedure, we may also numb your mouth with a local anesthetic. Once we’re finished, we’ll remove the mask and take you to a waiting area. The effects should wear off within thirty minutes of breathing regular air. Most patients are able to drive themselves back to work and continue with their normal day after their appointment.