About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is almost synonymous with the dentist's office since it can be used safely to help patients relax during many procedures and treatments. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Karuna Peravali offers nitrous oxide inhalation sedation methods to make patients more comfortable during longer procedures. Nitrous oxide gas can also be used to help patients who have anxieties, fears, a strong gag reflex, and other issues that may need help relaxing during their visit to the dentist. Dr. Peravali and her staff will carefully monitor and adjust the level of nitrous oxide during the procedure to keep the patient awake, but calm.
What to Expect
Oxygen is usually added to the nitrous oxide gas for safer results. The dentist will begin the sedation by placing a hood over the patient’s nose that will be inhaled as the patient breathes normally. The patient will begin to feel light-headed within a few minutes as the nitrous oxide will start working. The patient will then begin to notice a tingling sensation (usually in the arms and legs) or a warm, vibrating feeling through the body. At full effect, the nitrous oxide gas will make the patient experience a sense of euphoria and allow the dentist to complete the procedure without any discomfort to the patient. Dr. Peravali can determine the exact amount of time that the nitrous oxide is needed. Therefore, it can be switched on and off at any given time, depending on the patient’s needs.
Once the nitrous oxide is stopped, the gas and its effects will leave the body in minutes. The patient should have no lasting effects and is able to take themselves home after the procedure. There are usually no negative side effects associated with nitrous oxide gas when used for sedation, but some patients may experience slight nausea. To prevent nausea, the patient should eat a light meal before their procedure.
The insurance coverage of nitrous oxide sedation will vary depending on the reasons for use. When sedation is needed for a certain procedure, it is usually covered at least in part by the patient’s insurance plan. If the nitrous oxide is requested by the patient for fear or anxiety, the insurance company may not cover the cost. Our front office will check with the patient’s insurance company to determine their coverage and personal expenses. Our office accepts many forms of payment and helps to connect patients to medical financing plans.
Plan Your Procedure
A Laughing Matter
When you schedule an appointment, please ask about nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure, whether it is a routine cleaning or a longer treatment. We can answer any questions you may have about sedation. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about nitrous oxide gas and other sedation options.