Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Kingwood, TX

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry?

Not taking care of a nagging toothache or avoiding cleanings because of your fear of the dentist can be a thing of the past with sedation dentistry at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX. We offer nitrous oxide sedation, which is a mild sedative that you inhale through a mask while treatments are being performed. Commonly known as "laughing gas," the nitrous oxide (N2O) gas allows you to remain awake, responsive, and at ease while you endure your visit to the dentist. If you would like to have a conversation with one of our dental team members about nitrous oxide sedation, please call and schedule a consultation time at your earliest convenience.

Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Gas?

Both children and adults are eligible for nitrous oxide sedation. We make this type of sedation available to patients during anxiety-producing dental services to the more advanced reconstructions. Your Made Ya Smile dentist will meet with you in consultation to plan out your treatment. There will be questions asked about the following:

  • Current health concerns
  • List of medications
  • Health history
  • Previous experiences with sedation

You are not a likely candidate if you are only able to breathe through your mouth, have a respiratory illness or chronic condition, or had a bad experience or reaction to nitrous oxide in the past.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation Work?

Please eat a light meal or snack before your dental visit that includes laughing gas. If you want to eat a heavier meal, then do so three hours before your appointment. Having a lot of food on your stomach may induce unwanted nausea and/or vomiting. During your appointment, you will be prepared for your dental service or treatment with the nitrous oxide gas mask placed over your nose. Gently inhale the gas. You should feel more relaxed in a short amount of time. Our Made Ya Smile Dental dentist will begin the treatment once you appear to be stable and responding well to the sedation. Your vital signs, reactions, and level of responsiveness will all be monitored while the gas is on. Expect that you may also choose to have a local anesthetic injected into the treatment area if you are having more invasive therapies performed in your mouth. You may feel euphoric or in a sleepy state until the gas is turned off. Oxygen levels should stabilize quickly.

What to Expect After Nitrous Oxide Sedation

The nitrous oxide gas loses its effect as soon as it is turned off. Within 3 – 5 minutes without the supply of fresh nitrous oxide gas, it is gone and does not linger in your body. As long as you feel great (no nausea, heavy fatigue, or vomiting), you can drive yourself home from the appointment. You will still feel your teeth and gums after the dental work is complete once you are no longer numb.

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Covered by Insurance?

While we do accept most major insurances (PPO plans), some policies do not cover nitrous oxide gas for sedation. You may have to pay for sedation out-of-pocket for the gas during your services or treatments. We will make sure to check with your insurance provider to see what is and is not covered for sedation techniques. Your comfort and experience still matter greatly to our team. There are many payment options available to cover the cost, such as cash, credit card, or financing through CareCredit®.

Ease Dental Anxiety

We love helping our patients smile big and bright. However, if you are letting anxiety and stress get in the way of seeking dental treatment, please contact us about nitrous oxide sedation. The sense of calm our laughing gas can bring you during lengthy restoration placements or few fillings is worth the extra investment in your oral health. Many patients tell us they are so thankful this sedation technique is available because they would not handle dental visits well without it. The last thing our team at Made Ya Smile Dental in Kingwood, TX wants to happen is that you skip an appointment because of dental anxiety. We would like to discuss your options today. Call and schedule a consultation.

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