Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Panama City, FL

When you think of sedation at the dentist’s office, nitrous oxide probably comes to mind immediately. Compared to other types of sedation, nitrous oxide is certainly more convenient; it takes effect very quickly once you start breathing it in yet wears off quickly enough that you’ll be able to go on with the rest of your day as you normally would. That said, nitrous oxide is generally more suitable for those with mild-to-moderate anxieties or dental phobias; patients with particularly severe cases may need to consider other options.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

Man during nitrous oxide in Panama City

Only when you meet with our dental team will you know for sure if you are a good candidate for nitrous oxide in Panama City. Some individuals will need to wait until a later time to undergo this type of sedation (i.e., pregnant women); however, the majority of patients who suffer from one or more of the following are likely to be considered:

  • Sensitive gag reflex
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Mild or moderate dental anxiety
  • Traumatic dental experience at another dentist's office
  • Difficulty remaining comfortable for prolonged periods
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Nitrous oxide in Panama City

Nitrous oxide sedation begins with you having a nasal mask placed over your nose. In seconds, your sedation dentist in Panama City will turn on the mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen, which will then be pumped through the tubing into your nose. You will need to inhale, as the effects come on quite quickly. In only minutes, you can expect to feel somewhat tired. It’s possible you might also feel a warming sensation that allows you to fully relax.

Your dentist can complete the necessary dental work before turning off the gas and removing the nasal mask. Once you breathe in pure oxygen, you’ll notice the effects will dissipate.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide

Man smiling after nitrous oxide in Panama City

After you are finished with treatment and the effects of the nitrous oxide wear off, you will be free to drive yourself home or back to work. Typically, patients should not expect to experience any ill effects from the sedation, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular and safe to use for both children and adults.