When you’re particularly nervous about your dental treatment, or if you have trouble sitting still for too long in the same position, then you might be a good candidate for sedation dentistry. Using a variety of sedation techniques, your dentist can help you remain calm and comfortable throughout your visit. Whether you need extensive restoration or you experience fear at the thought of dental treatment in general, nitrous oxide or oral sedation may be your best option.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is commonly called laughing gas, though this is a bit of a misnomer since it doesn’t exactly make you laugh during your treatment. However, it does generate a continuous feeling of euphoria that helps keep you at ease and comfortable while you’re in the dentist’s chair. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask that is worn over the nose, and then immediately exhaled through the mouth, so the effects are mild to moderate and dissipate as soon as the mask is removed.
Oral sedation is more potent than laughing gas, but unlike nitrous oxide, it isn’t inhaled. On the contrary, oral sedation is taken as a pill or liquid medication the night and morning before your treatment is scheduled. Your dentist will determine the appropriate dosage during your examination, and according to your needs, preferences, and medical history.
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At Oxnard Dentistry, our goal is to empower patients to take excellent care of their smiles through our educational approach to dental treatment. Every patient receives personalized, high-quality dental care, along with knowledge about their dental health and how to achieve and maintain their best smile for life. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Oxnard Dentistry in Oxnard, CA, today at (805) 604-9999. We also proudly serve patients from in and around Camarillo, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Moore Park, and all surrounding communities.