About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide gas goes by many names, including happy gas, laughing gas, and inhalation sedation. Its main purpose is to sedate patients for a short time during dental procedures. At West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ, our dentists administer this colorless, odorless gas to ease any anxiety or discomfort for the patient during a procedure and to help them relax. Our dentists can control the amount of gas administered to the patient. Since nitrous oxide is a conscious sedation method, the patient will not go to sleep, but they will feel more relaxed. The patient will be awake enough to listen to our dentists and follow any instructions during the procedure.
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What to Expect
Oxygen is usually added to the nitrous oxide gas for safer results. Our dentists will begin the sedation by placing a hood over the patient’s nose that will be inhaled as the patient breathes normally. The patient will begin to feel light-headed within a few minutes as the nitrous oxide takes effect. The patient will then begin to notice a tingling sensation (usually in the arms and legs) or a warm, vibrating feeling through the body. At its full effect, the nitrous oxide gas will make the patient experience euphoria and allow our dentists to complete the procedure without any discomfort to the patient. The nitrous oxide can be used as long as it is needed, plus it can be switched on and off by our dentists depending on the patient’s needs.
Once the nitrous oxide is stopped, the gas will leave the body in minutes. The patient should have no lasting effects and they are able to take themselves home after the procedure. There are usually no negative side effects associated with nitrous oxide gas when used for sedation, but some patients may experience slight nausea. To prevent nausea, the patient should eat a light meal before their procedure at West Valley Family Dental.
The insurance coverage of nitrous oxide sedation will vary depending on the reasons for use. When sedation is needed for a certain procedure, it is usually covered at least in part by the patient’s insurance plan. If the nitrous oxide is requested by the patient for fear or anxiety, the insurance company may not cover any of the cost for sedation. The front office of West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ will check with the patient’s insurance company to determine their coverage and personal expenses. West Valley Family Dental accepts many forms of payment and helps to connect patients to medical financing plans.
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When you schedule a procedure or consultation, please ask about nitrous oxide sedation for your trip to West Valley Family Dental in Glendale, AZ. Whether it is a routine professional cleaning or a longer treatment, our dentists can explain your sedation options and answer any questions you may have about nitrous oxide. Please contact West Valley Family Dental today to schedule your consultation to learn more about your sedation options.