Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Hoover, AL
Relax While Caring for Your Smile
Does your heart start racing at the very thought of visiting the dentist? Not many people are thrilled at the prospect of getting a checkup or filling, but you shouldn’t have to dread your dental care! At Moulton Dentistry of Hoover, we’re committed to helping you relax while caring for your smile so you can achieve the optimal oral health you deserve. That’s why we offer a safe, reliable, and trusted service called nitrous oxide sedation. Read on as your Hoover sedation dentist Dr. Marc Moulton explains what this treatment is and how to tell if it’s right for you.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?
Nitrous oxide sedation, also affectionately referred to as laughing gas, is the lightest form of sedation dentistry. This colorless, odorless mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is delivered via a small mask placed over the nose. This gives Dr. Moulton the ability to adjust the administration as needed at any time throughout your treatment to ensure you’re as safe and comfortable as possible.
Within moments of being inhaled, nitrous oxide causes patients to feel light, relaxed, and even sometimes giggly! While some patients feel so at-ease that they dose off, nitrous oxide sedation does not put you to sleep. You can be easily awakened at any moment and will be able to respond to your dental team’s requests. Overall, you won’t be aware of any of the sights, sounds, or feelings that typically cause you anxiety. After your treatment, we’ll remove the mask and you’ll return to your normal level of consciousness right away.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Sedation dentistry is a great option for a variety of patients, including those who have:
- Dental anxiety
- Strong gag reflex
- Sensitive teeth
- Difficulty feeling physically comfortable sitting in the examination chair
- Difficulty holding their jaw open or sitting still for long periods of time
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe for Children?
Is your son or daughter afraid of the dentist? Dental anxiety is common in children, and it can sometimes make keeping their oral health on track a difficult task. Thankfully, nitrous oxide sedation can help! This form of sedation dentistry has been tested and fine-tuned for the past 200 years, and we pair it with state-of-the-art monitoring technology to ensure maximum safety and comfort.
Numerous studies indicate that nitrous oxide is well-tolerated in most children with no long-term side effects. In fact, it’s even officially recognized by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as safe and effective for children. Nitrous oxide sedation is a great way to help your little one feel better about visiting their Hoover children’s dentist and set them up for a lifetime of great oral health.
To see if nitrous oxide sedation is right for you or your child, give us a call today and schedule a consultation!