About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide gas has many names, like laughing gas, inhalation sedation, and happy gas. Its main purpose is to sedate patients for a short time during dental services. At Waterside Dental Care in Richmond, TX, our dentists use this odorless gas to remove any anxiety for the patient during a service and to help them remain calm. Our dentists may shift the dose of nitrous oxide gas delivered to the patient. Since nitrous oxide is a conscious sedation option, the patient does not go to sleep, although they will feel relaxed. The patient is responsive enough to listen to our dentists and follow any instructions during the service.
"Me and my daughter our patients and enjoy are visit with Waterside Dental. My 11 year old has gone to different dentist offices and has always been scared to go for her visits. But with waterside dental she feels comfortable and likes to come to them and has no fears to her visits. Her tooth Extraction went great as her first time visit as a new patient."- S.T. / Google / Jan 28, 2020
"Sarah was simply brilliant. Took away my coffee and tea stains. Couldn’t be any happier. Thank you Ms Sarah."- I.C. / Google / Dec 12, 2019
"I was impressed with how thorough they are. Great service and very friendly staff!"- M.S. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
"friendly efficiency."- C.P. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"I have been a new patient for about one month and have had three appts in that time. After my initial exam and X-ray I went back for my cleaning and one cavity. About two weeks later I had a Torus Mandibular erupt through the gum, rough boney protrusion, during the weekend. I called first thing Monday morning and the dentist was able to see me later that day. The problem was taken care at that time. The reception staff has been very nice and polite. The Dentist and her dental assistants are also very friendly and professional. I have no complaints."- M.S. / Yelp / Sep 30, 2019
What to Expect
Oxygen is generally combined with the nitrous oxide gas for better results. Our dentists will begin the nitrous oxide by putting a mask over the patient’s mouth and nose that will be inhaled as the patient breathes as usual. The patient will begin to feel groggy soon as the gas takes effect. The patient will then begin to get a tingling sensation (generally in the limbs) or a warm, vibrating feeling spreading through the body. At its greatest level, the gas will make the patient get a sense of euphoria and let our dentists to finish the service without any anxiety to the patient. The sedation gas can be used as much as needed, plus it can be switched on and off by our dentists to meet the patient’s needs.
When the nitrous oxide is off, the gas will exit the patient's system in a short time. The patient should have no lasting effects and they can leave home at the end of the service. There are typically no negative side effects associated with nitrous oxide gas after sedation, although on occasion patients will have temporary nausea. To prevent nausea, the patient should eat solid food before their service at Waterside Dental Care.
The insurance coverage of gas sedation will differ depending on the reasons for use. When sedation is necessary for a dental service, it is typically covered at least in part by the patient’s insurance policy. If the nitrous oxide sedation is chosen by the patient for fear or anxiety, the insurance policy may not cover any of the bill for sedation. The front office of Waterside Dental Care in Richmond, TX will communicate with the patient’s insurance company to calculate their coverage and personal expenses. Waterside Dental Care accepts many methods of payment and will help to connect patients to medical financing plans.
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A Laughing Matter
When you contact us for an appointment, please ask about nitrous oxide sedation techniques for your trip to Waterside Dental Care in Richmond, TX. Whether it is a routine cleaning or a more complex service, our dentists can review your sedation options and answer any questions you may have about nitrous oxide gas. Please contact Waterside Dental Care as soon as possible to schedule your consultation to learn more about your sedation options.