About Nitrous Oxide
Sedation dentistry in Woodland Hills has many benefits for patients who have a fear of going to the dentist or are nervous about their procedure. The main benefit is that it helps patients relax and ease their anxiety. Sedation can also help patients feel as if time is going by more quickly, allowing the dentist to perform complex procedures in fewer appointments. Additionally, sedation can reduce the gag reflex so sensitive patients can have a more comfortable experience. One of the sedation methods used by cosmetic and general dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks is nitrous oxide gas. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedation technique in which you will inhale nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas.” It’s important for you to be open and honest with Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles about your general health and current medical conditions so that she can choose appropriate medications for you. Learn about the nitrous oxide option during your consultation at Southern Cal Smiles in Woodland Hills, CA, and other sedation methods.
What to Expect
Oxygen is usually added to the nitrous oxide gas for safer results. Dr. Fredericks will begin the sedation by placing a hood over your nose as you breathe normally. You may begin to feel lightheaded within a few minutes as the nitrous oxide starts taking effect. You may then notice a tingling sensation (usually in the arms and legs) or a warm, vibrating feeling through the body. At full effect, the nitrous oxide gas may cause you to experience a sense of euphoria, allowing Dr. Fredericks to complete the procedure without any discomfort for you. The nitrous oxide can be used as long as necessary, and it can be switched on and off depending on your needs.
Once the nitrous oxide is stopped, the gas will leave your body in minutes. You should have no lasting effects and will be able to take yourself home after the procedure. There are usually no negative side effects associated with nitrous oxide gas when used for sedation, but some patients may experience slight nausea. To prevent nausea, you should eat a light meal before your procedure.
The insurance coverage of nitrous oxide sedation will vary depending on the reasons for use. When sedation is required for a certain procedure, it is usually covered in part by your insurance plan. If the nitrous oxide is requested by you for fear or anxiety, your insurance company may not cover the cost. Our front office will check with your insurance company to determine your coverage and personal expenses. Southern Cal Smiles accepts many forms of payment and can help connect you to medical financing plans.