Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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Swinney Morton Dental

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentists located in Tyler, TX

If you often avoid going to the dentist for needed dental work, you’re not alone. Kayla Morton, DDS, and Trey Swinney, DDS, of Swinney Morton Dental in Tyler, Texas, understand that oral health procedures can make you anxious. To help uneasy patients relax comfortably in their office, they provide nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that improves your dental experience. To learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, call Swinney Morton Dental today or schedule an appointment online.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Q & A

What is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas. It produces calming effects when inhaled. Commonly called laughing gas, nitrous oxide helps patients relax during dental procedures. Not only can nitrous oxide sedation improve your comfort during dental work, but it also helps ease your anxiety about visiting the dentist.

Because nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen, you’re still in control of your breathing when you inhale it. You can respond to commands and control your bodily functions. You’re not unconscious.

Within minutes of inhaling nitrous oxide, you should feel calm and light-headed. Being in this relaxed state takes your attention away from the procedure to ease any anxiety or dental fears.

Why should I consider nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide is safe and effective. It’s been linked to minimal side effects. You should consider nitrous oxide sedation if you:

  • Have dental anxiety
  • Have a low pain tolerance
  • Are sensitive to certain sensations
  • Struggle to sit still
  • Have special needs
  • Need several dental procedures

Nitrous oxide is fast-acting and doesn’t cause uncomfortable symptoms that many other forms of sedation do. Side effects typically wear off quickly and require no downtime.

What can I expect from nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation requires no preparation. When you arrive at Swinney Morton Dental, the team places a mask over your mouth and nose and asks you to inhale. Within a few minutes, your limbs will start to feel heavy and relaxed.

You should be conscious but not entirely aware of your surroundings. Once you remove your mask, the effects wear off within minutes. Nitrous oxide is the only sedation that allows you to drive yourself home after.

Can anyone try nitrous oxide sedation?

If you’re not comfortable with sedation, Swinney Morton Dental offers five-minute trials to see how you react to the gas. Most patients respond well to nitrous oxide. It’s the preferred sedation for children.

However, the team doesn’t recommend nitrous oxide sedation for patients with breathing problems. Consider other sedations if you have:

  • Emphysema
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Poor lung function
  • Cold or flu symptoms

To learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, call Swinney Morton Dental today or schedule an appointment online.