Sedation Dentistry

Mill Creek, Washington

At 360 Dental of Mill Creek, we understand that many of our patients are anxious about visiting the dentist. We’re pleased to offer nitrous oxide sedation to provide comfortable, stress-free care. It’s true. You can relax in the dentist’s chair!

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is dedicated to creating a relaxed and comfortable state as you undergo dental treatment. Dr. Punia may recommend nitrous oxide sedation for the following:

  • Patients with extreme dental anxiety or phobia
  • Patients with a sensitive gag reflex
  • Patients with highly sensitive teeth
  • Patients with decreased sensitivity to local anesthesia
  • Patients with difficulty controlling their movements
  • Patients requiring lengthy or complex dental procedures
  • Patients, including children, who can’t sit still for long
  • Patients with unique physical, cognitive, or behavioral health care needs

Nitrous Oxide Sedation: An Overview

Nitrous oxide, also referred to as laughing gas, is a mild type of sedative that effectively manages anxiety during dental appointments. The procedure involves inhaling nitrous oxide gas mixed with oxygen through a mask. You should start feeling its effects within minutes.

Laughing gas is considered a minimal form of sedation. You will stay awake during treatment and will be able to respond to directions, but you will feel relaxed and comfortable. Many patients describe a floaty, dreamy sensation or slight tingling in the hands and feet. Once the procedure is over and we remove your mask, the effects of the laughing gas will wear off immediately, allowing you to drive home and resume your daily activities without any downtime.

What Are the Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation offers an excellent solution for individuals who are highly anxious about setting foot in the dentist’s office. Many patients avoid going to the dentist because of their deep-rooted fears. Sedation dentistry helps you feel more at ease so you can receive the dental care you deserve and maintain your oral health and attractive smile.

Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe?

According to the American Dental Association, the combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen is a safe and highly effective way to manage pain and anxiety in dentistry when used appropriately. At 360 Dental of Mill Creek, we not only adhere to all the safety recommendations, we go above and beyond to ensure you are safe during any procedure.

During treatment, you’ll be breathing a maximum of 70 percent nitrous oxide and 30 percent oxygen, which translates to at least nine times more oxygen than you breathe from the air. Moreover, our visual and audio safety features are designed to prevent adverse reactions. As with any other procedure, it’s important to let us know about any health conditions and current medications. 

Sedation Dentistry Near Me

If you are fearful of setting foot in a dentist’s office, 360 Dental of Mill Creek is here to help. Our team is committed to providing our valued patients with the highest level of care in a calm and comfortable environment. Our gentle approach to dentistry and nitrous oxide sedation will ensure you are relaxed while receiving the highest standard of care.

We invite you to contact our Mill Creek office at 425-999-8159 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Punia or schedule one online today!

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