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N20, or nitrous oxide, is one of the most popular dental sedatives. It has helped patients through treatments for nearly two centuries. This pleasant-tasting, clear gas creates a relaxing sense of euphoria when inhaled through the nose. It takes effect within minutes and wears off relatively quickly, making it an effective solution for patients who need to undergo treatment and return to regular activity on the same day.
If you opt for nitrous oxide sedation for your treatment, Dr. Glenn will simply place a special mask over your face prior to your procedure. Once the gas permeates your system, you may feel tranquil, tired, and amused. You will remain conscious and able to respond to commands while under the effect of nitrous oxide. Since this medication does not numb your tissue, we often combine nitrous oxide with local anesthesia. Once we have completed your procedure, Dr. Glenn will simply cease the flow of nitrous oxide to your mask. Within a few minutes, you should regain your mental acuity and return to your original state.
Nitrous oxide may be a good sedation option for patients who:
For less involved procedures or to assist patients who do not suffer from dental phobia and anxiety, Dr. Glenn may simply use local anesthesia. This medication desensitizes a targeted area of tissue, but it does not produce a calming effect. In addition, it must be administered with a needle, which makes some patients uncomfortable.
Dr. Glenn also offers intravenous sedation and general anesthesia for more advanced procedures, such as intensive oral surgery. He administers these medications directly to your bloodstream through a vein. If you choose this type of sedation, you will remain awake during treatment, but more deeply relaxed than with nitrous oxide. Since you may be groggy and disoriented after undergoing intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, you will need a friend or family member to drive you home and should plan to take the day off of work.
Depending on your needs and preferences, Dr. Glenn may combine nitrous oxide with local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. This treatment option can be helpful for patients with a fear of needles, since he can relax you with nitrous oxide before administering other medications.
To learn more about sedation dentistry or find out if nitrous oxide may be able to help you undergo important dental treatment, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Glenn.
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