Nitrous Oxide & Sedation Dentistry in Loxahatchee
Unfortunately, fear or anxiety can make going to the dentist an unpleasant experience for some patients. But avoiding the dentist often results in bigger issues with your oral health
Loxahatchee dentist Dr. Anis Elkhechen understands this, and he offers the option of using nitrous oxide during dental procedures to help fearful patients feel at ease.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
Also called laughing or relaxation gas, nitrous is a calming agent that is mixed with oxygen and delivered through a mask that you wear throughout your dental procedure.
When it reaches your system, nitrous works immediately to help you feel relaxed and at ease. Many patients even feel a sense of euphoria, which is why it’s sometimes referred to as laughing gas.
Nitrous works quickly and it’s effective for helping many patients get the treatment they need.
Is It Safe?
Nitrous leaves your system as soon as the mask is removed. So it’s not only safe during dental procedures, it’s also safe for patients to drive and return to normal activities after the use of nitrous oxide. Relaxation gas can be used during most procedures, and it’s safe for children as well.
If you choose nitrous for your dental procedures, you will be awake and responsive throughout your treatment while still feeling completely relaxed.
Who Is a Candidate for Using Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous is ideal for many situations such as:
- Patients with a strong gag reflex
- Adults or children who experience anxiety about dental procedures
- Patients with special needs
- Patients who may require multiple complex procedures to be done during one appointment
If you have any concerns about upcoming dental procedures, Dr. Elkhechen is happy to discuss them with you prior to your visit to determine if nitrous oxide might be a good solution for you.
Other Options for Anxiety
At Groves Dental Care, our office was designed with your comfort in mind. We strive to make every patient feel welcome and relaxed.
State-of-the-art technology such as televisions in the ceilings of our treatment rooms act as a distraction so patients can watch their favorite programs during their procedures. We also encourage patients to bring headphones to enjoy their favorite music during treatment.
Dr. Elkhechen also utilizes a tool called DentalVibe. This technology creates a vibration, which essentially "tickles" the gums where they will be injected with a local anesthetic. The idea is to distract your brain with the tickling sensation so you don’t feel the injection at all.
If you would like to learn more about nitrous oxide or how we can help you, give Groves Dental Care a call today. We’re happy to discuss your needs and create a plan so that you can comfortably receive the dental care you need and deserve.