Sedation/Laughing Gas Overview
If you have skipped dental visits due to a fear of the dentist, you could benefit from nitrous oxide sedation at All About Smiles. Our practice in Rogers, AR features nitrous oxide sedation for long, complex procedures and to comfort individuals with dental fears and anxieties during standard visits. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is a proven sedation technique that helps you relax safely during your procedure. Also called laughing gas, N2O is offered by Dr. Brett Cotham to keep you comfortable while you remain awake. Set up a consultation today to learn more about nitrous oxide and other sedation options during your dental visit.
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Best Candidates for Sedation/Laughing Gas
N2O is a very popular sedation technique that can be utilized with little risk on children and adults alike. Prior to approving the use of nitrous oxide, Dr. Brett Cotham will assess your current medications, medical history, and concerns to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is indeed a fit for you. Nitrous oxide sedation can be utilized for difficult or easy procedures paired with a local anesthesia to help reduce potential pain. This sedation method can also be used to help with fear or anxieties toward dental work that prevent you from keeping your regular dental appointments. Nitrous oxide gas might not be right for you if you have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through your nose, COPD, or other similar health concerns.
What To Expect from Sedation/Laughing Gas
Before the procedure begins, the nitrous oxide will be administered to you using a mask. As you inhale the gas, it will act quickly and begin taking effect. A member of our team will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the medication as necessary during the appointment so you stay relaxed. You can expect a tingling sensation in your outer extremities and a feeling of warmth, vibration, and euphoria as the N2O kicks in. Nitrous oxide is typically used alongside a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to deaden sensation. After the procedure is done, the gas is shut off and the effects will begin to fade immediately.
Recovery for Sedation/Laughing Gas
Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation is typically immediate because the medication is eliminated from the body in around three minutes. You will be ready to operate a vehicle and return to your daily activities as soon as you leave our facility. Side effects are not common, but you could experience chills, sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or headaches. Don't hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns. To reduce the chance of nausea, Dr. Cotham suggests that you consume a small meal or light snack prior to your appointment and then wait around three hours after your appointment before consuming a heavy meal.
Insurance Coverage for Sedation/Laughing Gas
If you carry dental insurance, our team will call your carrier to obtain any potential benefits in regards to nitrous oxide sedation. This information will help us calculate your expected costs prior to your procedure. For those who don't carry dental insurance, All About Smiles takes several types of payment, which includes medical financing, to help make your procedure more affordable.
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Nitrous Oxide Sedation
If you avoid regular dental appointments or you are dealing with oral discomfort due to fear of the dentist, please consider a consult with All About Smiles for more information about nitrous oxide sedation at our dental facility in Rogers, AR. Our friendly team will gladly answer your questions and ease your concerns.