Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Belton, TX

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

At ACE Dental of Belton, we understand that many patients are anxious or fearful when visiting the dentist. To help our patients feel more comfortable and relaxed when receiving dental care, our highly trained general dentists are pleased to offer sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide gas. Nitrous oxide sedation, commonly called "laughing gas," can be an effective option to diminish mild to moderate feelings of dental anxiety and allow patients to get the care they need for a healthy smile. The gas is inhaled through a small mask that fits over the nose, letting patients remain fully conscious while enjoying a more relaxed experience. If you feel nervous about receiving dental care and have been putting off treatment because of it, talk to our Belton, TX team to see about receiving nitrous oxide sedation during your care.

Who Is a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation?

Both children and adults alike who experience mild to moderate dental anxiety may be good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. Though we always strive for a gentle chairside approach, we realize that a number of patients commonly experience dental-related fear. Nitrous oxide gas is safe for most patients but may not be recommended for those with respiratory illnesses, breathing difficulties, extreme dental phobias, or similar concerns. To determine whether sedation with nitrous oxide gas is ideal for your needs, our dentists will review your medical history, medications, and level of fear. At ACE Dental of Belton, we may use laughing gas for routine dental services as well as more complex types of treatment.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Once you're seated in one of our treatment rooms, we'll place a small rubber mask over your nose. As you breathe gently through your nose, the gas will work quickly to help you feel relaxed and at ease. The gas will be administered a few minutes prior to and throughout your procedure, with a member of our team monitoring your response to the sedation. Many patients who receive laughing gas feel giddy or euphoric, a feeling of warmth, and tingling in the extremities as it takes effect. Nitrous oxide is often paired with local anesthesia to optimize patient comfort. When your treatment is complete, the gas will be turned off and oxygen will be delivered through the mask for several minutes, allowing the effects to diminish.

What Can I Expect After Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Since nitrous oxide gas has the added benefit of leaving your body in about five minutes, recovery from this sedation option happens very fast. In fact, you should be capable of driving after your visit and able to resume your routine daily activities. While side effects following nitrous oxide gas are generally uncommon, some patients might have nausea, fatigue, vomiting, headaches, sweating, or chills. Please contact ACE Dental of Belton right away with any concerns or questions. Eating a light snack before your visit and waiting around three hours or so after your procedure to consume a heavier meal can help reduce the chance of nausea following nitrous oxide sedation.

Is Nitrous Oxide Gas Covered by Insurance?

Nitrous oxide gas may be covered in part under some dental insurance plans. Before your treatment, we will contact your provider to see if this sedation option is covered, which may help to minimize your out-of-pocket costs. However, we still want you to enjoy relaxed, positive dental visits, with or without insurance. Our business team will talk with you about the payment methods accepted at ACE Dental of Benton and help you select an option that matches your needs.

Find Peace at the Dentist With Sedation Services

Dental anxiety and fear no longer have to stand between you and a brilliant, healthy smile. Nitrous oxide sedation at ACE Dental of Texas may be just what you need to finally enjoy your trips to the dentist and get the oral care you need, whether it involves routine care or more advanced procedures. Call our caring Belton, TX team today to ask about incorporating this calming sedation dentistry service at your next dental visit!

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