Sedation Dentistry West Austin TX

Sometimes, our patients will feel just a bit on edge about a particular procedure. Even if you have had a dental service in the past that you know is completely comfortable, you may still experience some anxiety at the thought of the treatment. Or, perhaps even a dental cleaning causes you to feel that “butterflies in the stomach” sensation. Whatever the case, please let us know if you feel anxious about your visit. Dr. Jaeckle offers nitrous oxide upon request, as a mild sedation option to gently calm your nerves during your visit.

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that is commonly used in dentistry as a sedative. Often referred to as “laughing gas” because of its euphoric effects, Dr. Jaeckle may suggest this form of sedation if you have mild anxiety regarding dental visits or procedures. Laughing gas may also reduce discomfort. Dr. Jaeckle can monitor and alter the amount of laughing gas you receive throughout your procedure. The gas wears off immediately after your dentist ceases its administration, so you will be able to drive yourself home, unlike with oral sedation.

Before your procedure, Dr. Jaeckle or a member of our team will place a mask over your nose. You will inhale the nitrous oxide, which may have a sweet taste or smell. You will still be able to respond to Dr. Jaeckle when he speaks to you, and you will be aware of everything as it happens.

What Are the Benefits of Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide is a commonly used form of oral sedation because it calms your nerves without long-lasting effects. You will be able to return to your daily activities, such as work, directly after your visit. Consider the following benefits of nitrous oxide if you think this may suit your needs:

  • Nitrous oxide will take the edge off of your nerves, without interrupting your entire day
  • You will be able to drive yourself home after your procedure
  • Nitrous oxide also reduces your discomfort
  • You will be able to visit the dentist without anxiety
  • You may be able to undergo treatments, such as fillings, without the need for novocaine – however, you may also suggest both for additional numbing

Am I A Good Candidate?

Do you experience mild anxiety related to particular dental procedures, or dental visits in general? If so, you may make a great candidate for nitrous oxide. However, if you feel so anxious that you hesitate to make an appointment, or have stayed away from the dentist for years, Dr. Jaeckle may suggest a more powerful form of sedation, such as oral sedation. In addition, Dr. Jaeckle will first discuss your health history and your current health status to ensure you are healthy enough for nitrous oxide.