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Posts for: April, 2015

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
April 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sedation Dentistry  

Find out how this safe form of sedation could effectively make your next dental visit a breeze.

Do visits to Dr. Timothy Bui have you biting your nails in anticipation? Do you find yourself cancelling appointment after appointment Sedation Dentistry due to anxiety? There are countless people in Newport Beach and elsewhere that deal with dental anxiety so severe that they haven’t stepped foot inside a dentist’s office for years. But your smile still needs to be properly cleaned, examined and maintained every six months by your dentist. Luckily, we offer sedation dentistry to help ease you into your next visit. Find out more about laughing gas and how it could make your next appointment an easy one.

What is laughing gas?

While laughing gas is the common term used for this type of sedation, we also refer to it as nitrous oxide. This form of inhalation sedation has no smell, color or irritants and can help relax a patient before a dental procedure.

How does laughing gas work?

For nitrous oxide to be safely administered it is mixed with oxygen to help induce a euphoric and relaxed state. Most dentists will use a mixture of 70 percent oxygen and 30 percent nitrous oxide. Different levels of sedation can be achieved depending on how strong and how long the laughing gas is administered.

What will I feel like under laughing gas?

Once the mask is placed over your face we will ask you to breathe through your nose. After a couple of minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel a little light-headed. Some patients report feeling tingling or heaviness in the extremities. However, the main effect you will experience is a sense of calm.

Is laughing gas dangerous?

Laughing gas is extremely safe when administered properly. This is because your Newport Beach, CA dentist is able to control how much nitrous oxide is administered to you through your mask to make sure you feel relaxed and calm during your procedure without overdoing it. Furthermore, nitrous oxide has very little side effects and will not harm the hearts, liver, kidneys or brain.

How long will I experience the effects of laughing gas?

You will only notice the effect of the laughing gas for as long as you have the mask on. Once the mask is removed, the effects wear off almost immediately (with three to five minutes). This is a great option for someone who needs to drive themselves home after an appointment and can’t wait hours for the effects to wear off.

If you want to find out more about how sedation dentistry could improve your next dental visit, then let your Newport Beach dentist, Dr. Timothy Bui, DDS, know. Our goal is to make your visit as painless and relaxing as possible.