Brad Halleck, DDS | Town Dental
Dentist in Battle Ground and Longview, WA
Just Great Care!
Your comfort is our highest priority, One of the ways we can accomplish this is with the use of nitrous oxide during procedures that may be anxiety provoking. It’s estimated that one in seven adults are not getting the regular dental care they need because of dental anxiety. We want to be a part of the solution by offering a simple tool to help ease your fears.
What is it?
Nitrous oxide is a gas that is blended with oxygen and then administered through a mask. The anxiety-reducing effects of nitrous oxide set in quickly and will stop just as fast when the mask is removed. The gas wears off so quickly so you can safely drive yourself to and from your appointment.
Nitrous oxide also reduces sensations – including those of pain and discomfort. You may feel some tingling or heaviness in your limbs. It can also create a mild euphoric or “giggly” sensation, hence the “laughing gas” name. The gas is very safe for all ages and has no long-term or lasting effects. Most people tolerate nitrous oxide very well.
The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide:
Even while you are receiving nitrous oxide, you remain fully awake and alert, able to answer questions and let us know about any concerns. It’s easy for us to adjust your dosage of nitrous oxide, so just let us know if you need a little bit more.
The effects of nitrous oxide wear off very quickly, which means that, unlike other sedation options, you can easily get on with the rest of your day following your dental appointment with no worries about cloudy thinking or lingering fuzziness.
If this is something that interests you, please don’t hesitate to talk to us about it - you're not alone!