Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry – Murphy, TX
Helping You Relax in the Dental Chair
More people than you might think struggle with dental anxiety and even outright fear. In fact, it’s estimated that one out of every five Americans have put off a dental appointment due to nervousness. At Murphy Family Dentistry, both Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Najari believe that anxiety should never deter anyone from receiving the high-quality dental care they deserve. That’s why we offer nitrous oxide sedation dentistry at our Murphy, TX dental office as an easy way to get the treatment you need without any of the stress. Read on below to learn how your sedation dentist in Murphy can help you alleviate your anxieties.
Why Choose Murphy Family Dentistry for Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry?
- Relieve Mild to Moderate Dental Anxiety
- Highly Trained and Experienced Dental Sedation Experts
- Compassionate and Gentle Doctors and Staff
How Nitrous Oxide Dental Sedation Works
You might be familiar with nitrous oxide through its popular nickname, “laughing gas.” It came to be known as this due to the feelings of joy and euphoria that it often elicits in patients.
This odorless sedative is inhaled through a small nasal mask. Compared to other forms of dental sedation, our dentists have greater control over the amount that is delivered, allowing our team to more effectively meet your personal needs. The dosage can be incrementally increased or decreased as needed throughout the procedure.
As the nitrous oxide takes effect, you won’t actually be “put to sleep.” Rather, you will be so relaxed that you may doze off briefly, but we can gently nudge you awake if need be. You might feel a bit light-headed and experience tingling or a feeling of heaviness in your extremities, but overall, you’ll feel comfortable and calm. Chances are you won’t be aware of your surroundings or even remember your procedure afterward!
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?
Most patients who are nervous about an upcoming dental appointment would make good candidates for nitrous oxide sedation. We may also suggest it for patients with:
- Sensitive teeth or gums
- Overactive gag reflex
- Difficulty keeping the jaw open
- Chronic neck, back, or jaw pain
- Certain cognitive or physical impairments
- Multiple procedures that need to be completed in one sitting
Nitrous oxide is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have medical issues like high blood pressure or bronchitis, or are taking certain medications. To be on the safe side, your dentist in Murphy will need to review your full medical history before you can undergo any kind of sedation.
What to Expect After Your Procedure
Once your procedure is finished and we remove the mask, the sedative’s effects should subside quickly, usually within thirty minutes. We’ll take you to a waiting area in the meantime. Most patients are able to drive themselves home and continue with their daily routine afterward. Unlike other sedatives, nitrous oxide usually doesn’t result in any lingering side effects.
Get the Care You Need Today!
Don’t let your fear of the dentist keep you from getting the care you need to have a healthy mouth. If you’re anxious about an upcoming dental appointment, contact us today to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation. We look forward to helping you relax in the dental chair!