Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Temple, TX

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

At ACE Dental of Temple, we understand that many patients feel nervous or anxious when visiting the dentist. To help patients of all ages feel more at ease when receiving dental care, our caring team of general dentists offers nitrous oxide gas, also known as "laughing gas." This sedation dentistry option is commonly used to help patients safely relax during simple or complex procedures. Nitrous oxide gas, which is inhaled through the nose throughout the visit, allows you to remain fully conscious and generally carries no aftereffects. If you have been avoiding dental care out of dental anxiety or fear, nitrous oxide sedation might help. Schedule a consultation with our friendly Temple, TX team today to learn more!

Am I a Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation?

Nitrous oxide gas is a dental sedation option that can be used with little risk for adults and children. It can be administered for routine services, like dental cleanings, or during tooth extractions or other more involved procedures. Nitrous oxide gas might not be ideal for individuals with extreme phobias, trouble breathing through the nose, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar conditions. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide gas, one of our Temple, TX dentists will assess your medical history, current medications, and concerns to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is indeed a fit for you.

What Can I Expect With Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Once you are seated comfortably in one of our treatment rooms, the nitrous oxide gas will be administered to you through a nasal hood. As you gently breathe in the gas, it will act quickly and begin to help you relax. Our well-trained staff will monitor your response to the sedation through the duration of your visit and adjust the flow of gas as required so you remain comfortable. You may experience a tingling sensation in your extremities, as well as a feeling of warmth, euphoria, and well-being, as the nitrous oxide takes effect. At ACE Dental of Temple, nitrous oxide gas is often paired with a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine, to numb your mouth and ensure treatment comfort. After the procedure is completed, the gas will be turned off and the effects should begin to fade immediately.

How Long Does It Take for Nitrous Oxide to Wear Off?

The sedative effects from nitrous oxide gas usually dissipate rather quickly, as the medication is eliminated from the body in a matter of minutes. You should be ready to operate a vehicle and resume your normal activities when you leave our facility. Side effects are not common, but some individuals may experience headaches, chills, sweating, nausea, vomiting, or fatigue. Please contact our Temple, TX practice if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To minimize the risk of nausea, we recommend that you eat a light snack prior to your procedure and wait about three hours after your visit before consuming a larger meal.

Does Insurance Cover Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation?

Before your dental visit, our team will contact your carrier to learn about your benefits regarding nitrous oxide sedation. This will allow us to better estimate your overall treatment costs before your procedure. If you have out-of-pocket expenses, our team will explain the convenient payment options accepted at ACE Dental of Temple. We can also assist you in applying for medical financing to help make your treatment and sedation more affordable.

Find Relief From Dental Anxiety

Our caring team of professionals understands that you may feel nervous or worried at the mere thought of visiting the dentist. To help you get the dental treatment you need, and minimize dental fear or anxiety, ACE Dental of Temple is pleased to offer nitrous oxide gas. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about this sedation dentistry option, and take the first step toward more positive dental experiences!

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