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Sedation Dentistry In Washington DC

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Relax With Sedation Dentistry

 If you are nervous about an upcoming appointment or you have dental anxiety, the team at Washington Metro Dental is here to help with sedation dentistry. With sedation at our office, you can relax and get through your appointment without feelings of fear, anxiety, or discomfort. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Nitrous oxide sedation uses a comfortable nose mask to deliver a mixture of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen directly into your lungs. When you breathe in, the nitrous oxide will be absorbed into your bloodstream through your lungs almost immediately.

When the sedative starts to work, your body feel light and airy while in the chair. You will not be asleep and can still interact with your Doctor. You may even find the things they say to be a bit funny, hence the name "laughing gas".  

When your Doctor is finished, they will pump Oxygen through the nose mask to purge the remaining Nitrous Oxide from your lungs. After a few minutes you will begin to feel the effects wear off, which means you can go about your day as planned.

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How Can Sedation Help Me?

There are a lot of reasons you may want to get sedation. For example, you may be nervous or anxious about visiting the dentist. Dental anxiety is extremely common, even in adults, and can stop you from getting the treatment you need for a healthy mouth. Sedation can help you overcome this fear, and get the dental care you need from your dentist at Washington Metro Dental.

Sedation also makes it easier to stay still and remain comfortable during longer procedures. For example, if you are getting multiple root canals or dental implants, you may find that sedation will help the time pass more quickly and keep you comfortable.

If you’re scared of needles (like numbing needles), sedation can also help with this fear response, and ensure your mouth can be properly numbed during your procedure. It even helps suppress your gag reflex, which can be helpful if you have a very sensitive gag reflex.

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Side Effects Of Nitrous Oxide Sedation

One of the best things about nitrous oxide sedation is that the sedative effect of the gas wears off after about 5 minutes, and its side effects are very limited. Headache, confusion, dizziness, and nausea are common, but usually begin to fade quite quickly. Rarer side effects include shivering, drowsiness, and excessive sweating. 

Overall, this is a very safe and simple method of sedation. However, you will still need to consult with your dentist at Washington Metro Dental to discuss your medical history, medications you’re taking, and other important information. This ensures your safety during the sedation process.

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