Despite the high quality of dental care available this day in age, many people still are not receiving are still in the dark. The reason for this? Fear. Phobia of the dental office or dentist is much more common than you would imagine. In response, Auslander Dental in Gambrills offers sedation dentistry. This option, also known as nitrous oxide therapy, allows patients to experience a stress-free, conscious sedation while undergoing both simple and complex dental procedures.

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective treatment method, utilized for more than 100 years. In combination with a local anesthetic, nitrous oxide aids nervous or scared patients in their quest to a painless, anxiety-less dentist visit. It should be noted that medical history must be assessed before the first use. It may not be appropriate for those who are pregnant, have Cardio Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or are taking certain medications. During use, the patient remains awake and retains normal body functions, including speech and awareness. Nitrous oxide is NOT a numbing agent, but rather it subdues anxiety. The effects wear off quickly, as to not affect the remainder of your day.

As far as administration, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a small mask placed over the nose. After a few minutes, the patient will experience a floating sensation and/or tingling in the extremities. This means procedures can begin shortly. At the conclusion of the Dr. Auslander’s work, the nitrous oxide flow in halted, while the oxygen flow increases. The patient is recommended to rest for a bit and then continue with his/her day normally. A very minimal “hangover” is reported. Nitrous oxide is a great tool in guaranteeing you maintain optimal dental care. Do not let fear interfere with your oral health any longer!

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