Manage Your Dental Anxiety with Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is a 100% safe and effective method for managing pain and easing dental anxiety during treatment for both kids and adults. Also known as laughing gas, this colorless odorless gas is used to induce mild sedation that wears off quickly, so you can get back to your day after your appointment.
Contrary to popular belief, nitrous oxide does not put patients to sleep, but rather eases them into a relaxed state. In this state, sensitivity to pain is greatly reduced, as is the gag reflex and extreme anxiety.
What Happens During Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Before moving forward with nitrous oxide treatment, your doctor will discuss your medical history with you to determine if nitrous is a safe option. There are a few reasons why nitrous oxide treatment may not be the best idea for you. Avoid nitrous oxide if the following conditions apply to you:
- You’re in the first trimester of pregnancy
- You experience respiratory problems
- You have a vitamin B-12 deficiency
- You have a history of substance abuse
- You suffer from mental illness
Quick and Efficient
Once your doctor has determined that nitrous oxide is right for you, they will begin the treatment. The administration of nitrous is simple; the doctor places the mask snuggly over your nose and mouth and asks you to breathe and relax.
One reason nitrous oxide is such a popular option is how quickly the effects wear off. After treatment, the doctor will administer at least 5 minutes of 100% oxygen to ensure that the nitrous has been exhaled from your system.
Your face may still feel numb if a numbing medication was also used, but the relaxation effects of the nitrous oxide will be gone after the mask is removed. Once you’ve finished your dental treatment, you can safely return to work and eat.
The Cost of Nitrous Oxide Treatment in Wellesley
The cost of nitrous oxide treatment will vary depending on your insurance coverage. The good news is, many insurance plans fully cover this procedure. With most plans, expect to pay anywhere from $0 to $80 and up. Without insurance, you can expect to pay $1500 or more.
We suggest contacting your insurance provider to get a quote before visiting our dental clinic in Wellesley.
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