FAQ on Oral Sedation Dentistry

Oral sedation dentistry has revolutionized dental care for many patients, allowing them to receive necessary treatments comfortably, even if they previously suffered from dental anxiety or phobia. At Grateful Dental in Marietta, we often field a multitude of questions about sedation dentistry. In our commitment to patient education, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the use of Nitrous Oxide – commonly known as laughing gas – as a sedative during dental procedures.

What is Nitrous Oxide, and how does it work?

Nitrous Oxide, popularly known as “laughing gas”, is a safe and effective sedative agent mixed with oxygen. It is inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose. The gas helps you relax and doesn’t put you to sleep, but it makes the dental procedure much more comfortable. It’s been used in dental practices and hospitals for over a century and has a proven track record of safety and efficacy.

Why should I consider oral sedation dentistry?

If you experience dental anxiety, have a low pain threshold, have had traumatic dental experiences in the past, or require a significant amount of dental work, sedation dentistry can be an ideal choice. It allows you to be at ease and comfortable during your dental procedure.

Will I be unconscious during the procedure?

No. When using Nitrous Oxide for sedation, you remain conscious and can respond to questions or instructions from the dentist. However, you will be in a deeply relaxed state, and many patients remember little to nothing about the procedure afterward.

Is Nitrous Oxide safe?

Absolutely. Nitrous Oxide is one of the safest forms of sedation available and has been used in dentistry and medicine for over a century. Our dentist is specially trained in its administration, ensuring a safe and controlled experience for every patient.

Are there any side effects?

Most patients tolerate Nitrous Oxide very well. Some may experience mild side effects such as light-headedness, a feeling of heaviness in the limbs, or tingling in the hands and feet. These effects disappear shortly after the mask is removed and the gas is turned off.

How soon after the procedure can I resume normal activities?

One of the significant advantages of Nitrous Oxide is its rapid onset and offset. Within minutes of stopping the gas and breathing regular oxygen, its effects wear off. Most patients can resume normal activities immediately after their appointment.

Is oral sedation dentistry suitable for children?

Yes, Nitrous Oxide can be safely used for children who are anxious about dental procedures or for those undergoing longer treatments. In fact, many pediatric dentists routinely use “laughing gas” to help young patients relax.

Are there any reasons why I shouldn’t have Nitrous Oxide?

Certain conditions or medications may contraindicate the use of Nitrous Oxide. During your consultation, provide your complete medical history to our dentist, ensuring that we choose the safest and most effective sedation method for your unique needs.

Will my insurance cover the cost of sedation?

Insurance policies vary widely. While many insurance plans do cover sedation dentistry, others might only cover a portion of the cost or specific procedures. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider or speak with our office staff, who can help guide you through the details of your coverage.

Can I eat or drink before the procedure?

Typically, it’s recommended to avoid heavy meals for at least two hours before the use of Nitrous Oxide. A light, easily digestible meal is usually acceptable. Our team will provide specific guidelines based on your procedure and sedation type.

Still Have Questions? Call Our Marietta Dental Team

Dental care doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. With options like Nitrous Oxide sedation at Grateful Dental, patients can now receive the treatments they need in a comfortable, relaxed state, devoid of anxiety and fear. Our dentist’s expertise in sedation dentistry ensures that you’re in good hands, making your dental journey smooth and stress-free.

If you have more questions or are interested in experiencing the benefits of sedation dentistry at our Marietta office, don’t hesitate to reach out. Your comfort and care are our top priorities!

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE, #1, Marietta, GA 30067

Phone: (678) 593-2979