Many patients experience anxiety during dental appointments. Dr. Cody Henriksen and our team want to help you overcome any fear you may feel when you come to your regular visits.
If you know you suffer from anxiety during your dental checkups, nitrous oxide sedation, popularly known as “laughing gas,” may be helpful during your next appointment. Nitrous oxide can be used during many types of dental procedures.
It has a sweet odor and taste, and gets mixed with oxygen when supplied through a mask. The effects typically kick in within a few minutes and leave you feeling calm and relaxed.
Nitrous is helpful because you will stay conscious and able to move and answer questions the doctor may ask you. The drug is also convenient because the effects go away within a few minutes after the mask is removed.
Nitrous oxide is not dangerous for your body when it’s combined with oxygen. It is non-addictive and non-allergenic. When used properly, nitrous oxide reduces anxiety, while allowing continued communication between the patient and dentist during a procedure. It can also help alleviate pain or discomfort during your exam.
You should know that nitrous oxide may cause nausea in up to ten percent of patients. This drug is not recommended for people who suffer from certain medical conditions. We recommend discussing this method with Dr. Cody Henriksen if your dental anxiety begins to interfere with your appointments.
We want all our patients to feel comfortable during their care. Talk with Dr. Cody Henriksen at your next appointment to find out if nitrous oxide is the right option for you. If you have questions regarding nitrous oxide, call our Sioux Falls, SD location and we’ll be happy to answer them.