About Nitrous Oxide
Many people are afraid of going to the dentist due to past experiences or a fear of pain during procedures. Modern dentists, like board-certified Dr. Edwina Evangelista, offer different forms of sedation for patients during both dental procedures (root canal, fillings) and regular dental visits (exams,cleanings). One of the most common sedation methods used at Beyond Smiles Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX is nitrous oxide gas. More commonly known as "laughing gas," nitrous oxide is inhaled by the patient to help them feel more relaxed and comfortable during their appointment. A conscious sedation method, nitrous oxide gas allows patients to remain awake during their treatment so they can still follow directions and respond to questions. The level of nitrous oxide will be carefully monitored by Dr. E and her staff so it can be adjusted to meet the patient's needs. Patients who have been avoiding the dentist out of fear are encouraged to call Beyond Smiles Dental Care to learn more about nitrous oxide and other sedation methods that can be used to help them.
What to Expect
Typically, nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen for safer results. To begin sedation, Dr. Evangelista places a nasal hood over the patient’s nose and the patient is instructed to breathe normally through their nose in order to inhale the gas. The nitrous oxide will start working within a few minutes and the patient will begin to feel light-headed. After that, the patient will notice a tingling sensation, usually in their arms and legs, or a vibrating feeling that is followed by a warmth through the body. Once the gas takes full effect, the patient should experience a sense of euphoria, or well-being. Unlike other forms of sedation, Dr. E can determine the exact amount of time that the nitrous oxide is needed. Therefore, it can be switched on and off at any given time, depending on the patient’s needs.
Once the supply of nitrous oxide is stopped, the gas should leave the body within 3 – 5 minutes, which means that the patient should have no “hangover” effect and is safe to drive home after the procedure. Since nitrous oxide is a relatively safe form of sedation, there are usually no negative side effects associated with the gas. In rare instances, a patient may report slight nausea. If a patient is prone to nausea, it is suggested they eat something before receiving nitrous oxide.
The exact price of nitrous oxide can vary depending on whether the cost of the gas is charged per hour or per visit. A patient can normally expect the cost of the gas to be between $75 and $100, but it is best to check with Dr. E in order to get a better understanding of the price. In addition, our front office can check with the patient’s insurance company to see if nitrous oxide is partially or fully covered.
Plan Your Procedure
Is Laughing Gas for You?
When you contact Beyond Smiles Dental Care to schedule an appointment, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding sedation. We can walk you through the process and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. E to see if nitrous oxide is right for you.