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Nitrous Oxide – Carrollton, TX

Regaining Control of Your Oral Health

At DD Family Dentistry of Carrollton, we understand that dental anxiety is a real problem for many individuals living in the United States. If you are one of the millions who want to take better care of your smile but are fearful because of a past dental experience or dislike the sights, sounds, and smells of a dentist’s office, allow us to reduce your fears and help you achieve better oral health. As a dentist in Carrollton, Dr. Durga Devarakonda offers nitrous oxide to anxious patients. This mild form of sedation allows for a more relaxed and positive experience. If you would like to know more about nitrous oxide and how it can help you, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

A man listening to his dentist in Carrollton explain the process of using nitrous oxide

Also known as laughing gas, nitrous oxide is a mild form of sedation that involves inhaling a safe mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. Because the solution takes effect within minutes, you will feel more relaxed and at ease throughout your appointment. Not only will nitrous oxide allow you to overcome your fears and regain control of your oral health, but it will allow your sedation dentist in Carrollton to do their job more effectively.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

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Most patients who express concern about an upcoming dental appointment can benefit greatly from nitrous oxide. When talking to Dr. Devarakonda about your worries, she will likely recommend this type of sedation if you:

  • Have a past, traumatic dental experience
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex
  • Experience difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
  • Express mild or moderate dental anxiety

It is important to explain your medical history and current health status with our team, as there are instances when a patient should not receive nitrous oxide, such as:

  • Being pregnant
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Taking certain medications

How Does It Work?

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When preparing to receive nitrous oxide, you should feel confident that Dr. Devarakonda has experience in administering this type of sedation. Before starting your dental work, our team will place a nasal mask over your nose, which will allow you to inhale the nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture. We will have complete control over how much is administered and can easily adjust the dosage throughout your visit, if necessary.

Within minutes of inhaling the nitrous oxide, you will become light-headed and feel as if you are floating. Although you may feel as if you are preparing to fall asleep, you will remain in a dream-like state but be cognizant of any cues your dentist or dental team provides.

This added feeling of comfort and relaxation will help you remain calm and pain-free while Dr. Devarakonda completes her work.

What to Expect Afterward

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Once she has finished, we will turn off the nitrous oxide, which will cause the effects to dissipate within minutes. The best part about nitrous oxide is its ability to allow patients to resume normal activity immediately following their appointment. Since you will not need anyone to escort you to and from your appointment, you will be free to leave once we determine the effects have worn off and you do not need any special accommodations.