Dental-related anxiety is a common problem among patients of all ages, and it can happen for a number of reasons. Maybe you had a bad experience years ago that you still think about, or perhaps you simply can’t stand the sights and sounds of dental work. Whatever the reason, Dr. Malcolm Murray and the rest of our Fairfax team will work hard to ensure that you still have a great experience with us. Sedation dentistry in Fairfax, VA is available for those who need a little extra help feeling genuinely relaxed and at ease during their appointments.
If you’re wondering what nitrous oxide sedation is, you might know it by another name: laughing gas. This mild sedative earned this nickname because of its euphoric effects. However, it’s a bit misleading because most patients don’t actually laugh. Instead, they feel calm, comfortable, and anxiety-free throughout their entire time in the treatment chair! If you want to learn more about this sedation dentistry option, give us a call or read on.
Nitrous oxide sedation is mild enough that it’s safe for the large majority of patients. Most often, it’s used to help those who struggle with dental-related anxiety, have a fear of needles, need extensive dental care, or experience uncomfortable sensitivity. At your first appointment, we will learn more about any medications you’re taking or any conditions you have to determine if you’re a candidate. If you’re not, don’t worry – we will work on another way to give you the pleasant and positive dental experience you deserve.
Nitrous oxide sedation is administered after you settle into the treatment chair. First, we will place a nasal mask over your nose and switch on the nitrous oxide. As the colorless, odorless gas begins to flow, we’ll ask you to continue to breathe like normal. Within a few minutes, you should start to feel more content and relaxed. When you’re ready to begin, we will administer the necessary dental care. Throughout your appointment, we will check-in with you to ensure you still feel anxiety-free. If at any point the nitrous oxide needs to be adjusted, we can do that as well!
One of the biggest advantages of nitrous oxide is that the effects wear off just as quickly once the mask is removed. This means patients can return to their daily routine following treatment with virtually no downtime required. In other words, you won’t have to worry about arranging for a trusted adult to drive you home from your appointment or taking the day off work to recover! Of course, we will still provide you with aftercare instructions specific to the treatment you received to help you heal comfortably.
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