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Nitrous Oxide Sedation – Burlington, MA

Dental Care in a Calm and Relaxed Manner

chemicals used for nitrous oxide sedation

Statistics show that over 30 million Americans avoid visiting a dentist because of some form of dental anxiety. That means they are missing out on the valuable care they desperately need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. At our Burlington dental office, instead of touting the importance of patients just dealing with their worries and trudging ahead to receive care, we provide a solution: nitrous oxide sedation dentistry. When you visit us for a consultation, Dr. Song will explain in detail how the procedure works so you can feel comfortable about receiving the vital dental care you need! To schedule your first visit, contact us today!

What is Nitrous Oxide?

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The most well-known form of sedation dentistry is nitrous oxide, which is also referred to as “laughing gas.” A safe and effective procedure, it involves us placing a small mask over your nose that delivers an adjustable dosage of medication. Throughout your entire treatment process, a trained medical professional will be on standby to make any necessary adjustments and to monitor your vital signs.

Typically, the effects wear-off as soon as the medication is stopped, and patients are able to carry out their normal duties for the rest of the day. Unlike other forms of sedation dentistry, this doesn’t require a driver to accompany you to your visit, which adds an extra layer of convenience.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

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Once inhaled, nitrous oxide quickly enters the bloodstream through the lungs and travels to the brain. This triggers the body to naturally produce opioids, endorphins and dopamine, which help to create a feeling of euphoria and relaxation.

Ultimately, this reaction is accomplished by the medication temporarily stabilizing neuron (a cell that transmits nerve impulses) activity in the brain. The end result is that your previous inhibitions are dissolved so you no longer have to dread a dental visit.

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

woman eyes closed receiving nitrous oxide

Nitrous oxide sedation dentistry opens the door to millions of people who’ve been bypassing dental care to now take charge of their oral health. The patients who can benefit most are those who have:

  • Sensitive teeth
  • A fear of dentists
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • A phobia with needles
  • Extensive treatment plans
  • Suffered past unpleasant dental experiences
  • Difficulty with feeling confined in a dental chair

If you’ve been feeling embarrassed about your dental anxiety and thinking that there is no hope, a new day has dawned. With nitrous oxide sedation dentistry, you can get your oral health back on track. Contact us today to request your first visit with Dr. Song!