Although many people get nervous about going to the dentist, there are a few adults and children who have such anxiety about going that they need a sedative to relax them.
Our dentists at Silverstone Dental in Richmond, TX, provide sedatives for patients who are anxious about getting dental procedures. In most cases, laughing gas is enough to calm those who have dental phobia.
Laughing gas is a colorless gas that tastes slightly sweet. Dentists use it to help patients who fear dentists relax and feel calm during dental procedures. When it’s combined with an anesthetic, the patient doesn’t feel discomfort nor anxiousness.
The gas has been used in dentistry for about 100 years, and it’s well-known as a safe, effective sedative for both adults and pediatric patients. It is effective for everything from minor procedures like routine check-ups to more invasive procedures like scaling and root planing, tooth extractions to minor surgical procedures.
Our Richmond dentists deliver the gas through a small mask that goes over the nose. The dentist may have the patient inhale deeply to take in the gas so that it quickly goes into effect, which takes about two to three minutes.
When it starts working, you may feel a slight tingling sensation or numbness throughout the body and experience a slight dream state. Aside from treating dental anxiety, laughing gas is an effective sedative for people with physical or mental disabilities or who have low pain tolerance.
Once the procedure is complete, our dentists in Richmond, TX, will adjust the gas level so that it stops working. It usually exits your body in about three to five minutes without having any side effects.
Since people’s bodies are different, some people could experience minor side effects while on laughing gas. They may experience:
However, our dentists near you in Richmond, TX, are very careful about administering laughing gas. When administered correctly, it is a safe, effective way to sedate our patients.