Information for Patients: I’m Nervous!

Does the thought of seeing a dentist make you nervous? We have some options which may help you to relax. These include:

Last, but certainly not least, we have a cheerful, calm, relaxed atmosphere with professional yet humorous staff, to make your visit to the dentist as comfortable as possible.

Questions and Answers about Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)

What is it? It is a mild sedative inhaled through the nose.

How will I feel? Nitrous Oxide Sedation is a pleasant, relaxing feeling. It reduces anxiety, sensitivity to pain and gag reflexes. It will not put you to sleep.

How long does it last? Can I drive afterwards? The sedation only lasts as long as the appointment, and can be stopped at any time. You may drive after your appointment.

Is it suitable for children? Children are much more comfortable and relaxed with Nitrous Oxide Sedation. They often do not need freezing for fillings on baby teeth if they receive Nitrous Oxide Sedation, which is much easier for them. It may even be fun!

Any special precautions? Patients who will be receiving Nitrous Oxide Sedation should have an empty stomach. No heavy meals within 2 hours please, or 30 minutes for a light snack. Patients who cannot breathe through their nose or have lung problems should not receive Nitrous Oxide.

What about insurance? Insurance companies do not always reimburse fully the cost of Nitrous Oxide, even if it makes your visit easier and more pleasant. You may wish to check your coverage to see if it is an eligible expense.