Nitrous oxide sedation is available at Greenhill Family Dentistry to help you feel relaxed during your dental treatment. This popular type of dental sedation is inhaled through your nose, giving you a sense of euphoria and calm during your treatment. Dr. Curtis Abercrombie and our team use nitrous oxide sedation, also called laughing gas, at our Florence, AL practice to help patients ease their dental anxieties and undergo complex procedures more comfortably. Dentists have been using this safe and effective sedation technique for decades. Many patients appreciate nitrous oxide sedation because it requires no needles and wears off quickly, allowing you to get back to your regular activities in no time. Contact our office today to learn more about how nitrous oxide sedation could help you or schedule a consultation with Dr. Abercrobmie.
Understanding How Nitrous Oxide Works
Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that creates a happy, calm feeling in patients when inhaled. If you opt for nitrous oxide sedation during one of your procedures, we will administer it through a mask. As you inhale oxygen and nitrous oxide through your nose, you will gradually become more relaxed. Nitrous oxide usually takes effect in about five minutes, at which point Dr. Abercrobmie will begin your dental procedure. Although you will most likely feel very serene and slightly groggy while breathing in nitrous oxide, you will still be able to communicate with Dr. Abercrobmie and follow his instructions, since you will not be unconscious. This sedative does not numb your mouth, so we will still need to use local anesthesia for more intensive treatments. However, we can administer the local anesthesia once you are already under nitrous oxide sedation, making it much easier.