Nitrous Oxide Sedation in The Woodlands, TX

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry?

Unfortunately, many patients miss out on the treatment they need due to anxiety or fear of the dentist. Instead, the friendly practitioners at Made Ya Smile Dental offer different sedation options, such as nitrous oxide gas. This mild sedative allows individuals to feel calmer and at ease during the course of their treatment, whether it's a routine visit or a complex and lengthy procedure. Also commonly known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide (N2O) has a euphoric effect on patients to make their treatment easier to handle. Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of every age and allows you to stay awake during your procedure. To learn more information about sedation using nitrous oxide, schedule an appointment at our practice in The Woodlands, TX.

Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Gas?

Nitrous oxide is a common sedation technique that is safe for children and adults who have concerns or anxiety about their dental appointment. The dentists at Made Ya Smile Dental will review your dental and medical history, any medications or supplements you're taking, and treatment concerns to make sure nitrous oxide is right for you. Our team also pairs nitrous oxide with a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort if needed during routine cleanings or surgical procedures. Please inform our doctors if you have an extreme fear of the dentist, difficulty breathing through your nose, respiratory conditions such as COPD, or have other health concerns. 

How Does Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation Work?

To begin, Made Ya Smile Dental may use a local anesthetic depending on your treatment needs before administering nitrous oxide through a mask placed over your nose. As you inhale the gas, it takes effect immediately and continues to work as you breathe naturally during your treatment. Our dental assistants and staff will monitor your vital signs and make adjustments as needed to keep you feeling relaxed. You will experience a giddy or euphoric feeling, as well as a feeling of warmth down your hands and feet. After the end of your procedure, Made Ya Smile Dental turns off the nitrous oxide gas to let your oxygen levels normalize.

What to Expect After Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Once we turn off the nitrous oxide gas, the effects will begin to wear away immediately since the gas will leave your body within 3 – 5 minutes. When you leave our practice in The Woodlands, TX, you are free to drive home and resume your daily activities since there is no recovery period. However, some patients do experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, sweating, chills, or headaches. Made Ya Smile Dental does suggest eating a small meal before your appointment and avoid eating for at least three hours after your treatment to reduce any negative side effects. 

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Covered by Insurance?

Some dental health insurance providers cover the costs of nitrous oxide gas as part of your overall dental treatment. To make sure your procedures are affordable, we will contact your insurer to understand your plan and benefits. Made Ya Smile Dental does accept most PPO plans and will file claims on your behalf. If you have out-of-pocket costs, our staff can provide helpful information about financing with third-party financing through CareCredit® plans. 

Ease Dental Anxiety

Nitrous oxide sedation helps you overcome anxiety so you can get the dental care you need in The Woodlands, TX. The team at Made Ya Smile Dental goes to great lengths to ensure your comfort during dental visits, which is why we offer nitrous oxide as a sedation option. Nitrous oxide gas is safe, mild, and can make your overall treatment more efficient. To learn more about receiving nitrous oxide, call our staff at Made Ya Smile Dental and schedule a consultation. 

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