Sedation Dentistry in St Paul
Nitrous Oxide Sedation in St. Paul, MN
Scared of the dentist? You’re not alone. It’s normal to be a little anxious, especially if you haven’t been to the dentist in a long time. Even some people who show up for regular appointments aren’t exactly thrilled to be there. But dental care is necessary, no matter how religiously you brush and floss. The good news is that most dentists are not out to get you. In fact, your top provider of sedation dentistry in St Paul, Dr. Serafimov, wants you to love going to our clinic! If you are very scared or anxious, Dr. Serafimov offers nitrous oxide sedation to help you relax.
What is Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)?
Nitrous oxide is an odorless, colorless gas that is routinely used in dental clinics. What patients actually inhale is a mixture of about 70% oxygen with a minimum of 30% nitrous oxide gas. The gas is pumped through a hose connected to a tiny mask placed over your nose. Almost as soon as the gas is turned on, you will feel its calming effects wash over you. It’s like a “happy drunk” feeling that makes you forget your fears. You may also feel a bit giggly, hence the term “laughing” gas.
Nitrous Oxide effects:
- A sense of time passing by faster than normal
- Mild amnesia (you’ll remember little or nothing after the procedure)
- You are fully conscious throughout the procedure, but you may fall asleep. If you nod off, Dr. Serafimov can easily awaken you.
Nitrous oxide dentistry is safe and effective. There are no hangover effects or harmful side effects on the body. Your dentist may use another form of sedation, however, if you have a cold, chest problems, or difficulties with breathing.