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(432) 684-7424 Robert E. Christensen, DDS
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2303 W Louisiana Ave Midland, TX 79701

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Midland, TX

A Safe Way to Relax During Your Appointment

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If you’re anxious about seeing the dentist, you have nothing to be embarrassed about; nearly three-quarters of adults suffer from some level of dental-related fear. Dr. Christensen is happy to help anyone who is suffering from nerves before their appointment, no matter if it’s a regular cleaning or a more involved dental procedure. You can count on us to deliver safe, relaxing dental sedation that keeps you comfortable throughout the entire visit. Call us today if you or someone in your family would like to learn more about how nitrous oxide is used at our practice.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

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If you haven’t heard of nitrous oxide before, you might know it as “laughing gas.” It’s an odorless and colorless gas that, when inhaled, encourages the brain to release opioids, endorphins, and dopamine. This puts you in a highly relaxed and euphoric state. It does not cause you to fall asleep; if you do happen to doze off, you can be easily awakened right away. Nitrous oxide has been used by dentist for decades, and as such it is considered very safe. It’s normally mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a mask throughout the duration of a given dental procedure.

How Does It Work?

Female patient with nasal mask breathing in nitrous oxide

Compared to other forms of sedation, nitrous oxide is rather straightforward. You won’t need to make any particular preparations, although it’s generally recommended that you avoid eating large meals for at least 2 or 3 hours beforehand. Once we’re ready to begin, we’ll place the mask over your nose. The effects should kick in after just a few minutes, and at that point you’ll no longer feel worried or experience any discomfort. At the end of the procedure, you will be given 100% oxygen to clear your system of the nitrous oxide gas. After a few minutes, the effects wear off and the mask is removed. You don’t have to worry about asking someone else to drive you home or experiencing drowsiness throughout your day; you can simply return to your daily routine as you normally would.

Who is a Good Candidate?

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One of the reasons that nitrous oxide is so common at dental practices is that almost anyone can benefit from using it. It’s useful in a variety of situations. Obviously, anyone with dental anxiety should consider it. It also helps patients who have trouble controlling their movements sit still throughout the procedure. Patients with sensitive teeth or a resistance to numbing agents can also benefit from the additional relaxation that nitrous oxide offers. As you might expect, many younger patients tend to benefit from nitrous oxide.

With all that being said, there are a few patients who might not be able to use this form of sedation. This includes pregnant women, patients suffering from sinus congestion, those who take certain medications, and patients who suffer from some form of respiratory disease. It’s important to let us know whether any of these scenarios apply to you before moving forward with nitrous oxide.