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Nitrous Oxide Sedation - Schenectady, NY • Capital District

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Dental phobia is quite common, but at Capital Smiles, Dr. Erin Page successfully treats nervous patients every day thanks to sedation dentistry . With it, our team can alleviate any stress or discomfort you may feel in the dental chair so you can finally take care of your teeth with peace of mind. If you regularly experience a small amount of dental anxiety, then nitrous oxide sedation may be perfect for you. We can use it to quickly and easily make your appointments more comfortable and help you get right back to your day without missing a beat.

“I broke a tooth last week and was forced to go to the dentist. I struggle with anxiety and was dreading this appointment. It could not have gone any better. The entire staff was so accommodating and understanding. The anxiety that I had slowly drifted away and by the end I was almost in tears I am so happy I found this place. "

Tiffany H.

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What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide (NO2) is better known by another name: “laughing gas.” The reason for that is when patients inhale it, it creates a light, happy, and floaty feeling that sometimes causes them to get the giggles. Nitrous oxide has been used for well over 100 years to help anxious dental patients, and at Capital Smiles, we’re able to use it with a wide variety of dental procedures so you can come see us confident that you’ll always have a pleasant experience.

Who Could Benefit From Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Who Could Benefit From Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation is able to help a wide array of patients with many different needs, including those who:

  • Have mild dental phobia
  • Haven’t been to the dentist for years due to fear or anxiety
  • Need a little help to relax during their regular checkups
  • Want to use sedation without dealing with any lasting drowsiness
  • Want to feel more comfortable during restorative dental work

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

For this sedation method, all you’ll need to do is breathe in the colorless, odorless gas through a small nasal mask to start feeling more relaxed and calm. The mask will stay on for your entire appointment, and your dentist can adjust how much nitrous oxide you are receiving throughout to ensure your comfort. Once the procedure is completed and the mask is removed, the effects of the gas will wear off within minutes, allowing you to go straight back to your day without interruption.

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Right For You?

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Right For You?

If you believe this kind of sedation could help you at your next dental visit, please give us a call and let us know. Dr. Page is certified by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation, so she will be able to answer all of your questions. We’ve used nitrous oxide to literally help thousands of patients over the years, and it could do the exact same for you.

If you’d like to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, or if you’re interested in having it at your next appointment, please contact us today . With our sedation methods and gentle touch, we’ll completely change how you think about going to the dentist!

Learn About Nitrous Oxide Sedation

If you’d like to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation, or if you’re interested in having it at your next appointment, please contact us today . With our sedation methods and gentle touch, we’ll completely change how you think about going to the dentist!

Nitrous Oxide Sedation FAQs

If you would like to be sedated with nitrous oxide during your next dental procedure, simply let us know. After we approve you for it, you can look forward to a relaxing treatment experience! Of course, it is understandable if you have questions about this type of sedation. That is why we have put together the following list of FAQs, along with their answers. If you don’t see the specific information you were hoping for, give us a call. We are always happy to personally assist our patients and potential patients.

How Safe Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide is generally regarded as one of the safest forms of sedation dentistry; it is even suitable for small children. If you experience side effects, they will probably be mild and wear off relatively quickly. Such side effects might include a headache, fatigue, and dizziness. We carefully mix the nitrous oxide gas with oxygen to minimize the chances that our patients will experience such symptoms.

How Much Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Cost?

Nitrous oxide is usually one of the lower-priced forms of sedation. Its cost can vary from case to case and depends on a few factors, including the length of time it is used. For example, if we administer nitrous oxide during a routine cleaning, it may be used for a shorter duration than if we are performing a more complex procedure, and its price will be set accordingly. Our team will be happy to give you a detailed cost estimate for your treatment, including your sedation, before you commit to anything. The prices we charge are reasonable and comparable to what you would find at other dental practices.

Does Insurance Cover Nitrous Oxide?

Most dental insurance policies consider all forms of sedation to be a luxury rather than a necessity, so they do not offer coverage for it. However, it is worth checking with your insurance carrier to find out for sure how it views nitrous oxide. Our team will file all claims on your behalf and strive to help you maximize your benefits.

Are there Any Medical Conditions that Might Affect My Candidacy for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

While the majority of patients are candidates for nitrous oxide, there are some medical conditions that might make it unsuitable for you. For example, we may not be able to administer it to you if you are pregnant. A history of mental health problems, a history of substance abuse, respiratory illness, and vitamin B-12 deficiency are other factors that might affect your candidacy for nitrous oxide. Even if we cannot use this form of sedation for you, we will employ other methods to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.

Can I Drive Myself Home After Being Sedated with Nitrous Oxide?

With most forms of sedation, you should have someone ready to take you to and from your appointment. But nitrous oxide is different. It wears off very quickly after you stop breathing it in, so you can expect to be alert enough to drive yourself home after your appointment.