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Sedation Dentistry – Hoover, AL

Nervous or Anxious About Treatment? We Can Help!

For millions of Americans, getting treatment is not necessarily about cost or need. The reality is they are unable to receive care because of their anxiety, nervousness, or fear. Dr. Moulton understands that dental anxiety is incredibly real for patients of all ages, which is why his dental office recommends nitrous oxide sedation dentistry in Hoover for those struggling to get the treatments they need. During your appointment, we’ll walk you through each step of your care and make sure you’re feeling comfortable, whether it’s for a routine cleaning or other treatment. Call our dental office to learn more!

Why Choose Moulton Dentistry of Hoover for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Fast-Acting & Effective Nitrous Oxide Sedation
  • Friendly, Caring, & Trustworthy Dentist
  • We Value Our Patients’ Time

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

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One of the most common forms of sedation dentistry, nitrous oxide, offers relief for those with mild to moderate levels of dental anxiety or fear. The gaseous substance is administered via a nasal mask that is worn throughout treatment. As you inhale the substance, you’ll feel incredibly relaxed and ready to undergo your procedure, regardless of how simple or complex it may be. You’ll still be able to talk with Dr. Moulton so we can ensure your comfort. After the treatment is complete, he’ll remove the mask and the effects of the sedative will gradually dissipate, making it easy for you to leave the dental office on your own.

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

a dentist placing a nose mask for nitrous oxide on a child

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

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

a woman looking nervous in a dental chair

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 doze 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.

Is Nitrous Oxide Safe for Children?

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Is your child 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.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

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After your treatment, we’ll keep the nose mask on your face to allow you to breathe in oxygen for a few minutes. This will help minimize any after-effects that you may experience, like a headache. Within about three to five minutes following your treatment, the gas will dissipate and the effects will stop. Many patients are able to continue on with their day as they normally would. Be sure to drink plenty of water and rest, if needed.

Who is a Good Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry in Hoover is an excellent option for patients who experience fear or anxiety surrounding visiting their dentist or coming in for treatments. We often recommend it for patients who:

  • Have a sensitive gag reflex that keeps them from being able to comfortably get through a checkup and cleaning or treatment.
  • Have sensitive teeth that makes cleanings and certain treatments uncomfortable.
  • Have difficulty sitting still in the treatment chair or who require extensive dental work.
  • Have difficulty holding their jaw open during a cleaning or treatment.
  • Experience anxiety or nervousness at the thought of visiting the dentist.

To see if nitrous oxide sedation is right for you or your child, give us a call today and schedule a consultation!