Advanced Dental Anxiety Solutions: Inhalation Conscious Sedation – Dr. Robert Odegard
If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may benefit from inhalation conscious sedation, available at Westchester Smile Design for patients throughout the region. Inhalation sedation, or “laughing gas” (nitrous oxide), provides a sedative effect that can be an excellent solution for dental phobias. Ther sedation dentistry option can be an excellent way to decrease one’s fears about going to the dentist – a first step in obtaining the treatment necessary for a healthy, beautiful smile.
- What is Inhalation Conscious Sedation?
- Benefits of Inhalation Conscious Sedation
- Risks of Inhalation Conscious Sedation
What is Inhalation Conscious Sedation?
Inhalation conscious sedation refers to the use of a dental sedative (nitrous oxide) administered in gas form. (The patient inhales the gas through a gas mask at the beginning of her dental appointment. Within minutes, the nitrous induces a relaxed, anxiety-free state. The dentist administers the gas throughout the procedure, maintaining the sedative effect.) After the nitrous takes effect, the dentist administers a dental anesthetic, completely numbing the patient prior to her dental procedure. Most patients do not notice that the anesthetic is being administered. The sedative effect usually wears off within several hours, at which point the patient can resume her day-to-day activities.
Contact our office to learn more about your sedation dentistry options, including inhalation conscious sedation. We welcome patients in Renton and surrounding areas.
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Benefits of Inhalation Conscious Sedation
The benefits of inhalation conscious sedation include the fact that it:
- Involves a relatively quick recovery; most patients are able to drive home from their dental appointment and resume normal activities immediately
- Minimizes or eliminates mild to moderate degrees of dental anxiety
- Does not require that patients take a pill prior to their appointment
- Does not require injections
Risks of Inhalation Conscious Sedation
The risks of inhalation conscious sedation include the fact that it may:
- Not be appropriate for some patients
- Not be effective for patients who experience severe dental anxiety
- Not eliminate patients’ anxiety prior to treatment
- Cause side effects in some patients
Learn More about Inhalation Conscious Sedation – Contact Dr. Robert Odegard
Contact our office to learn more about how you may benefit from inhalation conscious sedation. We welcome patients in Renton and surrounding areas. When you secure our services, we will help you select the best sedation dentistry option to meet your unique needs.
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