Nitrous Oxide / Oral Sedation Specialist

IPI of Torrance

Dental Implants & Periodontal Plastic Surgery located in Torrance, CA

Many people experience anxiety about sitting in the dentist chair or experience very real discomfort when the dentist works on their teeth. The dental team at IPI of Torrance, located in Torrance, California, offers nitrous oxide and oral sedation to take the edge off your discomfort. When offered along with local numbing of treatment areas, you barely notice the procedure you’re having done on your teeth. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn how you can find a little more comfort in the dental chair with oral sedation or nitrous oxide.

Nitrous Oxide and Oral Sedation Q & A

What is nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, is combined with oxygen to help you relax. You breathe it through a mask placed over your face. The gas may be tinged with a flavor to make it more palatable during inhalation.

The gas is effective, and the doctors at IPI of Torrance can control how much you receive, with the effects wearing off quickly enough that you can drive home afterward.

What is oral sedation?

Oral sedation offers minimal to moderate relaxation during a dental procedure. A pill can make you drowsy, but you’ll still be somewhat aware. So while you’re able to relax enough to zone out or even fall asleep, a quick shake can awaken you if needed. You do need to arrange for a ride home from the office if you take oral sedation.

Who benefits from nitrous oxide and oral sedation?

Sedation strategies help ease the fears and anxiety of men and women who dread visiting the dentist. Specific cases in which sedation may be applied include if you have:

  • Low pain threshold
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Notable gag reflex
  • Large amount of dental work to be completed

Children who are nervous about dental appointments and/or can’t help but fidget in the chair during their visit often benefit from sedation, both inhaled and oral, as do adults who have apprehensions about visiting the dentist.

You may elect sedation for simple cleanings when just visiting the dentist causes anxiety, or for more complex procedures such as a root canal or deep root scaling and planing.

Are oral sedation and nitrous oxide safe?

Nitrous oxide and oral sedation are generally considered safe. If you have an underlying condition such as sleep apnea or are morbidly obese, however, it’s a good idea to confirm that sedation is right for you. Before administering nitrous oxide gas or oral sedation, your dentist goes over your medical history to ensure it’s safe.

To learn more about nitrous oxide and oral sedation as options to make your dental experience more pleasant, call the friendly team at IPI of Torrance or schedule an appointment online today if you’re in the South Bay area.

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