Nitrous Oxide

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Do you suffer from dental anxiety, dental phobia or a pre-existing condition that makes it difficult to receive professional oral care? Devine Dentistry is here to help, providing sedation dentistry through the use of nitrous oxide.

What is a dental phobia?

Many people feel some level of nervousness about a prospective visit to the dentist—even for a routine cleaning. However, for some individuals, this nervousness is magnified by feelings of outright fear and terror. These people avoid going to the dentist whenever possible, which merely compromises their oral health and makes it even more vital that they seek out professional oral care from a Nashville dentist. This condition is called dental phobia, and it affects more people than you might realize. A recent article on Colgate’s website estimates that between 9 and 15 percent of Americans refrain from seeing their dentist because of feelings of anxiety and fear. That represents 30 to 40 million people.

What if there was a way for you to receive the dental care that you need, without the worrying, anxiety, and fear? Nitrous oxide in Nashville can help you do just that!

What is nitrous oxide?

Also referred to as laughing gas, our staff of professionals will administer nitrous oxide via a mask that fits comfortably and covers the nose. The gas is mixed with oxygen and, as it is breathed in, provides a calming effect. Nitrous oxide will not make you go to sleep; instead, it produces a general feeling of relaxation, easing any fear, diminishing your awareness of your surroundings, and increasing your overall comfort level.

Nitrous oxide is not, nor should it ever be, used as a replacement for a local anesthetic. It provides no numbing effect; your reflexes stay intact, and you can communicate with your Nashville dentist and others around you even while the gas is being administered.

Once the procedure is completed, a member of our team of professionals will cut off the flow of the gas and replace it with pure oxygen. From there, the effects of nitrous oxide will subside in a matter of moments. Afterward, you are safe to drive home or back to work or school.

Is nitrous oxide right for me?

If you suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia, nitrous oxide can provide the relief that you need to be able to make your next dental visit a calm, comfortable experience.

Certain other conditions can make receiving dental care difficult, such as jaw discomfort, difficulty controlling your muscles for extended periods of time, and a strong gag reflex. Nitrous oxide also can help patients who need several intensive, lengthy procedures—especially those who have neglected regular dental care, which ironically is often a consequence for people suffering from dental phobia.

Nitrous oxide should not be used in dental procedures on any patient who is pregnant or any individual who is allergic to laughing gas.

Children can receive nitrous oxide but often feel nausea as a side effect during or after the procedure. If you schedule a procedure for your child at Devine Dentistry that will involve the use of nitrous oxide, make sure he or she has as little food as possible before arriving for the appointment.

Sedation Dentistry in Nashville

At Devine Dentistry, our Nashville dentists are committed to providing comfortable care. The use of nitrous oxide is just part of that commitment. To learn more, call our office at (615) 269-4209 to schedule a consultation.

Devine Dentistry provides oral care for patients in the areas of Belle Meade, Green Hills and Nashville in Tennessee.