If you have dental anxieties or fears, you are not alone – up to three out of every four people have some degree of dental phobia and it can prevent them from getting the dental care that they truly need, whether it is routine cleanings or other procedures necessary to restore oral health. At Vineyard Dental Group in Santa Rosa, CA, we know that not everyone loves the dentist’s office as much as we do, which is why we offer nitrous oxide sedation (also known as “laughing gas”).

How nitrous oxide works

Sedation with nitrous oxide is simple and effective. Before your treatment begins, we will place a small nasal mask over your nose. As you breathe in, the gas enters your body and begins to take effect within just a few minutes. You might feel a slight tingling sensation in your arms or legs or a general feeling of warmth and relaxation. We wait for the nitrous oxide to take effect before beginning your procedure so you are comfortable and relaxed prior to your treatment beginning.

Nitrous oxide has many benefits for patients, and not just those that have dental phobias. It can:

  • Help reduce an overactive gag reflex
  • Make you comfortable during long procedures
  • Eliminate your anxiety about being in the dental chair

Safety of nitrous oxide

Patients often ask us if nitrous oxide is safe, and the answer is a resounding yes. We are highly experienced and trained in its administration and customize the dose to your specific needs. We can even adjust the dose during your treatment as needed. You will be able to speak, answer questions, and function normally, and the effects wear off shortly after the gas stops flowing. You can even drive yourself home from your appointment afterwards, without relying on a friend or family member to drive you.

If you have been putting off getting your teeth cleaned or other dental treatments that you know you need, we encourage you to call us to schedule an appointment at (707) 545-0944 today. With a gentle and compassionate approach to care and nitrous oxide sedation, patients feel relaxed and at home when they are in our Santa Rosa office.

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