Brushing and flossing your teeth every day are essential habits for preventing serious oral health issues from developing. However, these habits are only a part of the equation. Professional cleanings and exams are also important. If oral health issues do occur, whether it is a cavity, an infection, or another issue, it is necessary to get treatment right away. If you feel anxious or uneasy about going to the dentist, though, you might avoid going, even for something as basic as cleaning and exam. At Downtown Dental Care, we can make the process easier, enabling you to get the treatment you need with nitrous oxide.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is an incredibly common form of dental sedation. You are probably more familiar with it by another name, laughing gas. Nitrous oxide is the mildest form of sedation available. It is an inhaled sedative that helps you to feel more relaxed while also raising your pain threshold and lowering your gag reflex. The gas is mixed with oxygen and is administered through a small mask that is placed over your nose. It takes effect very quickly. Because it only helps to take the edge off, nitrous oxide is best suited for those who have only a minor amount of anxiety.
Why Use Nitrous Oxide?
While brushing and flossing are both important habits for maintaining a healthy mouth, professional oral care is important as well, whether you need routine cleaning and exam or you need treatment for an oral health issue. Ignoring dental care can lead to serious oral health issues that require more invasive treatments later on. With nitrous oxide, you can relax and remain comfortable while we perform your necessary treatments, helping you to maintain or restore your oral health before serious complications arise.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
Nitrous oxide is very straightforward. When you sit down in the dental chair, we affix a small mask over your nose. The nitrous oxide and oxygen are turned on, and you inhale the mixture of gases. The nitrous oxide goes to work almost immediately, helping you to feel more at ease. Once your treatment is complete, the nitrous oxide is shut off, but the oxygen remains on for a few extra minutes. This is done to help ensure that all of the nitrous oxide has left your system. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly. In most cases, you can drive yourself home after your appointment is over.
Benefits of Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide provides several benefits.
Is Nitrous Oxide Safe?
Nitrous oxide has been used for providing dental care for well over 100 years. It is the mildest and safest form of sedation there is. We are highly experienced in the use of this sedation and you are monitored throughout your treatment. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, and there are no lingering side effects.
Getting professional dental treatment, whether it is a simple cleaning and exam, a filling, a root canal, or any other treatment, is crucial for keeping your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. With nitrous oxide, you can relax and remain comfortable while we provide you with the treatment you need in a safe and effective manner. For more information, and to find out if nitrous oxide is right for you, call Downtown Dental Care at (503) 420-7600 today.