Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Indianapolis, IN
Completely Comfortable Dentistry
Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. We administer nitrous oxide dental sedation in Indianapolis, IN to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. After you're comfortably seated in the dental chair, you'll inhale the gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) through a nasal mask. We control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure safety. You begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so the dentist can perform dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove the mask, so if nitrous is the only anesthesia you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.
Why Choose Indianapolis Family Dentistry for Nitrous Oxide?
- Highly Trained Sedation Dentists
- Gentle, Low-Risk Sedation
- Suitable for Most Patients
Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is suitable for a wide range of patients, including those who:
Nitrous oxide is suitable for patients of virtually all ages, including both children and adults. There are only a few groups for whom it is not recommended, including pregnant individuals and those with certain respiratory conditions. Our team will assess your risk factors to determine if it is right for you.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
Nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal mask that is connected to a machine. The dental team uses controls on the machine to deliver a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen to the patient. Almost as soon as you begin to breathe in the gas, you should begin to notice its effects. Most patients feel calm and relaxed under its influence, but a sensation of giddiness is also common.
After your procedure, the nasal mask will be removed, and the effects of the nitrous oxide will wear off within minutes. You can expect to be alert enough to drive yourself home.
Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide
Even though the effects of nitrous oxide do not linger for a long time, we may still ask you to stay in our office for a few minutes after your procedure, until we are sure that you are well enough to drive yourself home. Some patients experience a mild headache after exposure to nitrous oxide, but that should wear off quickly.
You will be able to return to your normal activities, such as work or school. However, it may be wise for you to go home and rest if your dental procedure was invasive or extensive. Be sure to follow your dentist’s post-treatment instructions!