Every day at Aegis Dental, we see patients of all ages who are anxious about visiting the dentist. Thankfully, our warm and friendly team is often enough to help them feel comfortable and relaxed in the chair. However, for patients who need a little more assistance to combat dental nerves, we can offer sedation dentistry in Carrollton. Whether you are visiting our office for a general cleaning or a dental procedure, Dr. Chandy is a sedation dentist who can alleviate dental anxiety safely and effectively, allowing you to be at ease during your appointment. From the moment you begin to feel the effects to the time it completely wears off, you will feel comfortable and free of any discomfort. To discover if sedation is right for you or your child, just give us a call today.
Nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas that has been used for generations to help calm fearful dental patients. Considered a safe and effective method of sedation, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose.
If you’re concerned it will put you to sleep, don’t be. Nitrous oxide is meant to relax you but also keep you aware, so you can answer any questions Dr. Chandy or our dental team may ask.
Nitrous oxide is easy to use. In our office, a patient simply inhales the gas through a small nasal mask, and within a few minutes, they will begin to feel warm, happy, and maybe even like they are floating. The gas also lowers a person’s ability to feel any kind of discomfort. The mask will stay on for the entirety of the appointment, and once it is removed, the gas’ effects wear off almost instantly, allowing a patient to go back to their day without any lasting drowsiness.
You will not need to worry about having someone drop you off and pick you up from your appointment. That is how quickly you can get back to your regular routine.
One of the great benefits of this type of sedation is that almost anyone can receive it. Candidates who have any of the following might find nitrous oxide to be a suitable solution:
Unfortunately, there are situations when a patient might not be a qualified candidate for nitrous oxide. These scenarios include:
Throughout your appointment, you’ll be conscious enough to answer simple questions, but will otherwise be completely oblivious to the sights, sounds, and other sensations that would typically cause you discomfort. Once the mask is removed, you’ll return to your normal level of consciousness in just a matter of minutes. While some patients may feel a little dizzy or nauseous for a short amount of time, most patients feel no side effects afterwards at all! You’ll be free to drive yourself home and continue on with the rest of your day uninterrupted.
Over the past several decades, sedation dentistry has helped countless patients get the dental care they need. The American Dental Association officially recognizes dental sedation as a safe and effective option for the majority of patients. However, we will always meet with you for a consultation beforehand to ensure that sedation dentistry is the best choice for you.
During this appointment, we’ll take the time to get to know you and have a conversation about your concerns. Then, we’ll review your medical history and current health. This information will give us a full picture of your well-being and let us know if sedation dentistry is right for you.