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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Chaska, MN

High-Quality, Anxiety-Free Dental Care

woman giving thumbs up before undergoing nitrous oxide sedation in Chaska

You’ve been putting off your needed dental checkup for months. When you finally get around to calling the office, it leaves you with your heart pumping for some time afterward. Once you arrive for your appointment, your palms start sweating and you can’t stop fidgeting. Your hear them call your name, and your stomach turns into a knot.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, our team here at White Oak Dental completely understands. Dental anxiety is incredibly common in the United States. In fact, millions of Americans avoid getting the dental care they need out of fear. Fortunately, your sedation dentist in Chaska, Dr. Mark Stapleton, offers nitrous oxide sedation to soothe your nerves and let you get the quality care you deserve. Contact us today to learn more!

Are You Scared of the Dentist?

man lying down with white nitrous oxide mask over his nose

It’s estimated that one out of every five Americans suffers from dental anxiety to some degree. However, this form of sedation isn’t only meant to alleviate your worries. You might benefit from being sedated if you need to undergo multiple procedures in one appointment. After all, it can be tiring to hold your mouth open for that long, and nitrous oxide can help greatly.

Other people who would make wonderful candidates for nitrous oxide sedation include those with sensitive teeth or gums or a touchy gag reflex that makes it difficult to get dental work done. Additionally, uncooperative children, patients with special needs, or those who have trouble sitting still for prolonged periods of time might also benefit from nitrous oxide sedation.

Patients with certain medical conditions, such as pregnancy or high blood pressure, might not be candidates for nitrous oxide. Dr. Stapleton can discuss your eligibility during your consultation.

How Nitrous Oxide Sedation Works  

girl with blue nitrous oxide mask over her face

More commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is a colorless gas that is inhaled through a small mask that we place over your nose. It earns this nickname due to the euphoric feeling it induces, giving many patients the giggles.

Once you begin breathing in the gas, waves of joy and relaxation will gently wash over you. While you’ll still be conscious, chances are you won’t remember much of your procedure at all. When we’re finished treating you, we’ll remove the mask and take you to a waiting area. The effects of the nitrous oxide should wear off within half an hour at most, allowing you to drive yourself home and resume your normal day afterward.

Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

man sitting in dental chair and smiling at his dentist

In addition to soothing anxious patients, nitrous oxide has many benefits, including:

  • Taking effect quickly
  • Wearing off just as quickly
  • Having an amnesiac effect
  • Not requiring the use of needles
  • The dosage is monitored during the procedure and can be adjusted as needed