Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Tulsa, OK
Making Dental Appointments More Comfortable
As a sedation dentist in Tulsa, Dr. Terry Rigdon understands receiving dental work can cause a bit of anxiety for some people. The sights, sounds, and even smells of a dentist’s office can lead to nervousness and an appointment that results in a patient being uncomfortable and scared. To minimize the likelihood that you will experience any discomfort during your visit, we can use nitrous oxide sedation. This safe and reliable solution has helped numerous patients receive the dental care they need without the additional worry and fear that can come with a regular dental appointment. To learn more about nitrous oxide or to find out if you are a candidate, contact us today.
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen that is designed to help you become fully relaxed while at the dentist’s office. Considered to be the mildest form of sedation, it helps to reduce anxiety and create a more comfortable experience. Not only is it easy to administer, but patients who receive nitrous oxide will be free to leave after their appointment because the effects begin to wear off immediately after the gas is turned off.
How Does It Work?
When arriving for your appointment, whether it is a regular dental checkup or cleaning or a more in-depth procedure, Dr. Rigdon will go over what you can expect before placing a mask over your nose and having you inhale. Within seconds you will begin to feel more relaxed and as if you are floating. These are common effects of nitrous oxide but rest assured, you will not be fully sedated. Instead, you will remain conscious and able to respond to cues by our dental team.
Once the gas is turned off, the effects will quickly begin to dissipate, allowing you to freely leave after your appointment is complete.
Who Is A Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?
If you’re wondering whether you should choose nitrous oxide for your next appointment, there are a few things to consider. Not all individuals are capable of receiving nitrous oxide. Those who fall into any of the following categories will need to either postpone dental work or inquire about alternative solutions:
- Suffering from sinus congestion
- Taking certain medications
- Have respiratory disease
However, if you have experienced any of the following, you are a likely candidate:
- You experience mild dental anxiety or phobia
- You’re afraid of needles
- You have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
- You’ve experienced a traumatic dental visit in the past
- You experience tooth sensitivity
- You have difficulty with numbing agents