Nitrous Oxide Sedation | Roseville, CA

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Every year, millions of patients avoid the dentist’s office due to anxiety or fear. In Roseville, CA, the team at Sierra Gate Family Dental 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.

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 Sierra Gate Family Dental in Roseville, 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.

Nitrous oxide is one of the most common dental sedation techniques and can be utilized safely on both children and adults. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, Dr. Ardy Keshtkar or a staff member will assess your current medications, medical history, and concerns to ensure nitrous oxide gas is a good choice for you. Nitrous oxide sedation may be utilized for longer or routine procedures in conjunction with local anesthesia to help minimize potential discomfort. Nitrous oxide sedation can also help with dental anxieties or fears that keep you from visiting the dentist. Nitrous oxide gas may not be suitable if you have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through your nose, have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or other similar health concerns.

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.

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 who 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

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.

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 without relying on a friend or family member to drive you.

Say Goodbye to Dental Phobia with Nitrous Oxide Sedation

If you have been putting off getting your teeth cleaned or other dental treatments that you know you need, we encourage you to call Sierra Gate Family Dental today to book your appointment. With a gentle and compassionate approach to care and nitrous oxide sedation, patients feel relaxed and at home when they are in our Roseville, CA office.

Great group of professionals love Dr. A, always friendly helpful and compassionate. The office staff are so welcoming , they take multiple insurances , always there to find solutions for appointments and your dental care. Wonderful dentist and awesome experience all the way around.

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This dental office has amazing staff that are super friendly and go above and beyond to get you in quickly. They make you feel comfortable and provide great service. I would recommend this office to my friends and family.

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Went to the dentist today for a cleaning. They were very thorough and educational on my periodontal health and made me feel very Comfortable during my cleaning. One of the best dentists I’ve seen! And his team is all so nice from the moment I walked in, to the Education I got during my appointment and on my way out! Definitely found my dental home. Thank you to the team at Sierra Gate Family Dental

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Dr Ardalan (Ardy) Keshtkar & his entire Staff are Wonderful! I have been going to this dental office for over 35 years. Everyone from the receptionist to Insurance mgmt & to all hygienists there, provide professional dental Care! Dr Ardy provides patient-centered, quality oral healthcare in a safe, comfortable and caring environment. I HIGHLY recommend this office for All your dental needs! Dr Keshtkar is the BEST!

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Terrific in every way. I cannot say enough about the care and competency of the entire staff.

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Will I still feel pain with nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation can lessen pain to a certain degree, but it's not classified as an anesthetic. If there's any notable discomfort during a dental procedure, it will typically be handled using a local anesthetic. Often utilized to ease anxieties, nitrous oxide sedation is a common practice during dental procedures and routine dental work.

How long does nitrous oxide sedation last?

After your dental work or cleaning is finished and the nitrous mask is removed, the effects should go away soon. Depending on how you feel after nitrous oxide sedation, you may be able to resume your daily routine or drive home from the Sierra Gate Family Dental practice in Roseville, CA.

Do I need to fast before receiving nitrous oxide sedation?

Generally, you don't need to fast, but having a light meal a couple of hours before the appointment is recommended. You may feel nauseous during the dental work if you have a larger meal before nitrous oxide sedation.

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