Nitrous Oxide Sedation (Laughing Gas) in Houston, TX

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About Nitrous Oxide

Some patients may feel uneasiness or anxiety before or during a dental examination or dental procedure. In these cases, Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry may recommend nitrous oxide (laughing gas) sedation to ease the nervousness or fears of the patient. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas administered through a mask that is put over the patient's nose. Dr. Patel is able to control the amount of gas the patient receives. The patient will feel relaxed without actually being put to sleep and they will still be able to listen and follow directions from Dr. Patel. 

What to Expect

Oxygen is usually added to the nitrous oxide gas for safer results. Dr. Patel will begin the sedation by placing a hood over the patient’s nose while they continue breathing normally. The patient will begin to feel lightheaded within a few minutes as the nitrous oxide starts working. Then a tingling sensation may be noticed (usually in the arms and legs) or a warm, vibrating feeling through the body. At full effect, the nitrous oxide gas will make the patient experience a sense of euphoria and allow Dr. Patel to complete the procedure without any discomfort to the patient. The nitrous oxide can be used as long as it is needed, plus it can be switched on and off per the patient’s request.

Treatment Aftercare

Once the nitrous oxide is stopped, the gas and its effects will leave the body after a few minutes of breathing 100% oxygen. The patient should have no lasting effects and is able to take themselves home after the procedure. There are usually no negative side effects associated with nitrous oxide gas when used for sedation, but some patients may experience slight nausea. To prevent nausea, the patient should eat a light meal before their procedure.

Insurance Coverage

The insurance coverage of nitrous oxide sedation will vary depending on the reasons for use. When sedation is needed for a certain procedure, it is usually covered at least in part by the patient’s insurance plan. If the nitrous oxide is requested by the patient for fear or anxiety, the insurance company may not cover the cost. Our administrative team will check with the patient’s insurance company to determine their coverage and personal expenses. Our office accepts many forms of payment and helps to connect patients to medical financing plans.

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When you schedule an appointment, please ask about nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure, whether it is a routine cleaning or a longer treatment. We can answer any questions you may have about sedation. Contact Houston Heights Dentistry today to schedule your consultation to learn more about nitrous oxide gas and other sedation options.

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