Dental anxiety is common, which is why Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry in Tampa, Florida, offers nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Juliet Bulnes-Newton, DMD, Diplomate-ABDSM,and the compassionate team use nitrous oxide to ease stress, tension, and anxiety for people struggling with feelings of fear during dental visits. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking tool today.
Nitrous oxide is also called laughing gas because it causes a relaxed feeling in people who have dental anxiety. It consists of oxygen and other gasses you inhale through a mask. Nitrous oxide is a safe, painless, and noninvasive solution to feeling fearful during trips to the dentist.
The choice of whether to try nitrous oxide is entirely up to you. It’s often used for:
Young children or people with disabilities often benefit from using nitrous oxide gas because it makes sitting still and staying calm easier.
While other methods of dental sedation exist, their effects last longer than nitrous oxide, preventing you from being able to drive yourself home after your dental appointment.
Your dentist lets you know if you’re a candidate for nitrous oxide after reviewing your oral health history, symptoms, and the emotions you experience during dental visits. To find out if you need a dental procedure, they examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays when needed.
When using nitrous oxide, you simply place a mask over your nose and breathe normally. You can expect to feel relaxed, but you’ll remain awake. Your dentist controls the amount of the nitrous oxide you inhale.
You’ll still hear sounds and respond to requests when breathing nitrous oxide, but you may feel light-headed or very relaxed. You might also have tingling or heavy sensations in your arms or legs. You continue to breathe in the mixture of gasses while your provider completes a dental cleaning or procedure.
After your dental visit, you remove the nitrous oxide mask from your face. The effects of breathing in the gas wear off quickly, so you can drive yourself home afterward and resume activities right away. The Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry team lets you know when to schedule your next dental visit.
To take advantage of nitrous oxide at Westchase Esthetic Family Dentistry, call the office or use the online booking tool today.