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Sedation Dentistry – North Central San Antonio, TX

Minimizing Anxiety for a More Comfortable Experience

A young woman undergoing nitrous oxide by a sedation dentist in North Central San Antonio

Millions of people living in the United States suffer from dental anxiety. Whether caused by a traumatic dental experience in the past, a fear of needles, or even the inability to feel as if you are in control, the common result is patients forgoing necessary dental care. At Legacy Dental SA, Dr. Brian Eck, Dr. Reagan Smith, and our team of professionals never want you to feel as if you cannot achieve better oral health because of your dental phobia, which is why we are pleased to offer our patients nitrous oxide. Administered by a sedation dentist in North Central San Antonio, you can expect to achieve greater relaxation during your visit. To learn more about this method of sedation or to schedule an appointment, contact our office.

How Nitrous Oxide Works

An up-close image of a nitrous oxide machine in a dentist’s office

During your visit with our team, we will determine if you are a qualified candidate for nitrous oxide sedation in North Central San Antonio. If so, you can expect a painless and comfortable experience from the moment you arrive for your appointment.

Once seated in the dentist’s chair, Dr. Eck or Dr. Smith will place a small mask over your nose. This device will push the nitrous oxide into your nasal passage as you inhale. Within a matter of minutes, you will begin to feel more relaxed. You might even feel as if you are floating. These side effects are completely normal, but you should understand that you will not be fully sedated. Instead, you will remain safe and comfortable while our team completes your treatment while remaining cognizant enough to respond to any potential cues from the dentist.

As soon as the treatment is finished, we will turn off the gas. Just as quickly as the side effects come on, they will just as quickly subside, allowing you to resume normal activity immediately following your appointment.

Who is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide?

A young male patient wearing the nasal mask in preparation for receiving nitrous oxide

Most individuals are qualified to receive nitrous oxide; however, it is best to discuss its potential use with Dr. Eck or Dr. Smith before moving forward with treatment. If you experience any of the following, you will likely be recommended for nitrous oxide during your next visit:

  • Suffered a past, traumatic dental experience
  • Are afraid of needles
  • Have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time
  • Have difficulty with other forms of sedation or numbing agents
  • Are suffering from severe tooth sensitivity
  • Have mild dental anxiety

During your discussions with our dental team, you will need to share any medical history or current medications you are taking, as there are cases in which nitrous oxide should be avoided, such as:

  • If you are pregnant
  • If you are suffering from sinus congestion
  • If you have respiratory disease
  • If you are taking certain medications