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Falls Church Sedation Dentistry

Relaxation at the dental office may seem unobtainable to many patients. However, at Tysons Dental Esthetics, our caring dentists and dentistry team go the extra mile to make your dental office appointments comfortable and free from pain and stress. For those patients who need a little extra help staying calm and comfortable in our Falls Church dental office, we also offer sedation dentistry options. If you want to learn more about dental sedation or schedule an appointment with our team, call Tysons Dental Esthetics today. We’ll be happy to help you with all of your preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services in one convenient location.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Smiling man in dental chairThis is a combination of nitrous and oxygen gas that can be inhaled to ensure pain free and relaxed dental care. The original use of nitrous oxide was less-than-professional. A scientist named Humphry Davy introduced this concoction for use as a recreational drug in the 1790s at “laughing parties” in England. Its use in dentistry was discovered by Dr. Horace Wells in 1844. He witnessed a demonstration of the drug where a man injured his leg and did not feel the pain until after the nitrous oxide wore off. Since then, nitrous oxide has been one of the most popular types of dental sedation. Often referred to as laughing gas because of this early use at laughing parties, the nitrous and oxygen mixture is inhaled through a nasal mask during treatments. The effects of nitrous oxide are fast acting, so we can continually adjust your dosage to ensure you are comfortable through a simple treatment or the most advanced procedures. Additionally, the effects of laughing gas wear away as quickly as they set in, so you can go right back to your daily routine following treatment. No need to deal with finding rides to and from the office, no need to take off of work or school, and no need to spend the day after dental treatment feeling groggy. Stay relaxed and pain free while you’re in our office and leave the same day feeling 100%.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Smiling relaxed woman in dental chairNitrous and oxygen are mixed together to varying degrees that can be easily adjusted by the dentist. The nitrous oxide mixture flows through a hose and into a nasal mask where patients can breathe in deeply and stay completely relaxed. If patients begin to feel discomfort, we can quickly change the mixture to restore comfort. Once patients are through with their treatment, they simply spend a few moments relaxing. Then, they can head back to their regular routine without any lasting effects.

When Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Smiling man receiving dental treatmentWe recommend patients consider one of our dental sedation options in any of the following situations:

  • To ensure comfort for patients who struggle with dental anxiety or phobia
  • To avoid discomfort for patient who have sensitive teeth, gums, and gag reflexes
  • To provide safe treatment for young patients and those with cognitive or physical impediments
  • To allow patients to receive numerous or complex treatments in fewer appointments
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