We know coming to the dental office can be very intimidating and scary but it doesn’t have to be. Especially if it is the first time you’ve ever had dental treatment. At Westgate Family Dental we have several options for our patients in regards to sedation and relaxation. The majority of our patients prefer Nitrous Oxide and/or laughing gas. Not to say our other methods are not recommended or attainable, but Nitrous Oxide is a household name one that people can relate to and it is a very easy way to take the edge off during you dental appointment without having to do anything at all except just relax with one of our warm blankets and breathe in the nitrous.
The other benefit of Nitrous is the fact that you do not need to do anything to prepare for this type of conscious sedation. Nitrous is a safe, reversible, colorless, odorless gas that is taken in by inhalation and can be taken out of the blood stream in 10 minutes just by simply breathing in pure oxygen.
Unlike IV Sedation and General Anesthesia we ask all our patients to not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to their appointment and similar to oral sedation you are also required to have someone drive you to and from your appointment and you are unable to drive the rest of the day. With Nitrous, when you show up for you appointment, whether or not you’ve eaten makes no difference whatsoever. Your assistant will initially place you on oxygen and then Dr. Yarbrough will adjust the level of the Nitrous until you are comfortable. After you are comfortable and relaxed we will inject the area we will be working on with a local anesthetic preceded by a topical solution we place on the tissues to quell the initial injection all the while you are breathing in the Nitrous. During your appointment you will find that you are relaxed and comfortable and really do not care what is going on around you as nitrous is very effective for taking the edge off. After your dental procedure is completed, the doctor will place you on oxygen for 10 minutes and you will be back to normal.
Nitrous Oxide is not for everyone and sometimes in larger cases our patients prefer one of our more sedative options such as IV Conscious Sedation or Oral Sedation, both effective but both require some preparation prior to and after the appointment. For those needing a deeper solution we also offer General Anesthesia and work with a medical Anesthesiologist who manages our General Anesthesia for us.