Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Copperas Cove, TX

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common dental sedation techniques, and it can be used safely on children and adults. Our office in Copperas Cove, TX features nitrous oxide sedation to comfort individuals with dental fears and anxieties during exams and dental procedures. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is an effective sedation technique that can help you relax safely during your visit.

Commonly called laughing gas, N2O is used by our dentists to help you feel more comfortable while still being awake. Set up a consultation with a member of our dental team for more information on nitrous oxide during your dental visit.

Should I Use Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

If you have been neglecting your oral health due to your fear of the dentist, you're a good fit for nitrous oxide sedation at ACE Dental of Cove. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, a member of our experienced dental team will assess your medical history, current medications, and concerns to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is indeed a fit for you.

N2O sedation may be utilized for complex or easy procedures paired with local anesthesia to help reduce your discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation may also be used for dental anxieties or fears that keep you from visiting the dentist. Nitrous oxide gas might not be right for you if you have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through your nose, have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar health concerns.

What Can I Expect From Nitrous Oxide?

Before the procedure begins, the nitrous oxide will be administered through a nasal hood. As you inhale the gas, it will act quickly and begin relaxing you. Our dentists will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the medication as necessary throughout the appointment so you remain relaxed. You may notice tingling in your outer extremities, as well as a feeling of warmth, euphoria, or well-being as the gas begins to take effect. Nitrous oxide is normally used in combination with local anesthesia, like lidocaine, to numb the surfaces inside your mouth. When the procedure is done, the gas will be turned off and the effects begin to fade immediately.

Is there a Recovery Period after Nitrous Oxide?

Recovery from N2O sedation is usually immediate, as the medication is eliminated in just a few minutes. You should be ready to operate a vehicle and return to your normal activities as soon as you leave our office. Side effects are not common, but you may experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Don't hesitate to contact our staff if you have any concerns or side effects last longer than a few days. To decrease the risk of nausea, our dental team recommends that you consume a light meal before your procedure and wait about three hours after your appointment before eating a heavy meal.

Will My Insurance Pay For Nitrous Oxide?

If you have dental insurance, our office will make contact with your carrier to understand your coverage and benefits regarding nitrous oxide sedation. This will help us determine your expected costs before your procedure. If you don't have dental insurance, ACE Dental of Cove takes several payment methods, including medical financing, to help make your procedure more affordable.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

If you skip regular dental appointments or you are ignoring oral discomfort due to fear or anxiety, please consider a consultation with one of our dentists to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at our practice in Copperas Cove, TX. Our dentists and highly trained staff will gladly answer your questions and address your concerns about sedation at ACE Dental of Cove.

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