Every year, millions of patients avoid the dentist’s office due to anxiety or fear. In Santa Rosa, CA, the team at Vineyard Dental Care understands the seriousness of dental anxiety, which is why we aim to make our office a calm and relaxing environment. When patients are nervous about an appointment, we may recommend nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous Oxide has been proven effective at calming nerves and minimizing feelings of anxiousness so our patients can get the treatment they need and deserve.

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What is Nitrous Oxide?

Commonly referred to as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a mild form of inhalation sedation that is administered through a mask. After just a few minutes, patients will be overcome with a calm, euphoric feeling that will last for the duration of the appointment while the nasal mask stays in place.

At Vineyard Dental Group in Santa Rosa, CA, we administer the odorless gas during a wide range of procedures to help patients relax. The amount of gas administered can be adjusted during the procedure and patients are always awake enough to hear the dental team and respond to instructions.

What to expect with Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Prior to beginning the procedure, the nasal mask will be placed over the patient’s nose as they continue to breathe normally. Within a few minutes, the effect of the gas will begin to take effect. Common sensations include tingling in the arms or legs or a warm, relaxed feeling throughout the body. Once the nitrous oxide gas has reached its full effect, the dentist will begin the procedure without any stress for the patient.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

  • Customizable – The amount of nitrous oxide gas administered can be adjusted throughout the procedure.
  • Rapid Recovery – The effects of the gas wear off quickly, which means there is no prolonged downtime and patients can drive themselves home.
  • Eliminates anxiety – Patients feel calm and euphoric for the duration of the procedure.

Say Goodbye to Dental Phobia with Nitrous Oxide Sedation

If you know that you need dental work, but have avoided making an appointment due to anxiety, we encourage you to call Vineyard Dental Group in Santa Rosa, CA today at (707) 545-0944 and ask us about nitrous oxide sedation.