About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is a great sedation therapy that helps ease the anxiety of many patients. It is a safe, fast-acting mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide. The effects of nitrous oxide last as long as it's kept on during the procedure to produce a relaxing sensation. Although patients will experience a dreamlike state, they will still be conscious during their procedure to hear and follow instructions provided by our dentists. However, once the sedation is turned off, the effects will quickly fade and patients will be able to drive themselves home after their appointment. At Emigh Dental Care in Long Beach, CA, we want our patients to feel at ease and as comfortable as possible. If patients are planning or currently have an exam scheduled, we encourage them to ask our dentists about nitrous oxide sedation.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation Reviews
"This review is a bit late, but when taking into consideration my experience, it's NEVER too late to visit the dentist!I found Emigh Dental by googling sedation dentistry. My fear of the dentist knew no bounds. It had been 8-9 years since I last visited a dental office and my mouth literally reached a breaking point. Hence my google search for sedation dentistry. I contacted them via email and their office responded promptly. They verified that they do take my insurance and squeezed me in for a 12/30/16 appointment to take advantage of my insurance that would be entering a new policy phase on Jan 1.After panicking for a week, I attended the dentist office alone. The reception was nice, but as I was in a panicked daze, I didn't really take note. Karen took me to the back and took my x-rays. She was incredibly nice and reassuring. She listened to my story about my fears and put me at ease.Dr. Pat then came in for the examination. He was warned that I was a fearful patient. He sat down and just spoke to me. He listened to my story, my childhood trauma of the dentist, what was bothering me currently. This exchange made the best possible first impression with me. He explained everything he would be doing in the examination and repeated several times he would not hurt me.Exam done, and the verdict was not unexpected but daunting to say the least. To put it mildly, I must have seen Dr. Pat at least six times afterwards to complete my treatment. Dr. Pat explained my options, and his recommendations. I had two cavities, two root canals, two crown preps, and a wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. Pat did not do my root canals, fyi, as they were fairly complicated but referred me to an endodontist.After 5 months or so, I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Pat for several things. He never shamed me for not seeking treatment earlier. His fillings are the first fillings I ever had done that did not hurt for weeks afterwards. He addressed my fears, promised to stop if I ever did feel any pain, and is a pleasant person overall. Best of all, I can eat food again. I can finally say I found my dentist.A few more details: the reception is great! Thank you to Elaine and team for being efficient and nice to boot. My cleaning was painless. They offer nitrous oxide for an extra fee for certain treatments. Nitrous oxide calmed my nerves down and made it possible for me to have certain treatments done. The office never tried to upsell me any service. And their dental chairs have built in massagers!"- A.G. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
What to Expect
To begin sedation, our dentists will place a nasal hood over the patient's nose. They will then be instructed to breathe normally through their nose in order to inhale the gas. The nitrous oxide will start working within a few minutes and they will begin to feel light-headed. After that, patients will notice a tingling sensation, usually in their arms and legs or a vibrating feeling that is followed by a warmth through the body. Once the gas takes full effect, patients should experience a sense of euphoria or well-being. Unlike other forms of sedation, our dentists can determine the exact amount of time that the nitrous oxide is needed. Therefore, it can be switched on and off at any given time, depending on the patient's needs.
Once our dentists have stopped the supply of nitrous oxide, the gas should leave the body within 3 – 5 minutes, which means that patients should have no “hangover” effect and are safe to drive home after the procedure. Since nitrous oxide is a relatively safe form of sedation, there are usually no negative side effects associated with the gas. Patients may also experience slight nausea, but this symptom is rare. If patients are prone to nausea, it is suggested that they eat something before receiving nitrous oxide.
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Is Laughing Gas for You?
When you contact our office to schedule an appointment, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding sedation. We can walk you through the process and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation to see if nitrous oxide is right for you.