for a Stress-Free Visit
At Luck Family Dental in Fort Mill, SC, we understand that some patients suffer from dental phobia and anxiety. We don’t want fear or stress to get in between you and your dental health, so we offer sedation options that will keep you calm during your treatment. If you are nervous about an upcoming appointment, or you will be undergoing an extensive procedure, call us today to learn more about our sedation options.
- What Is Laughing Gas?
- What Are the Benefits of Laughing Gas?
- How Does Laughing Gas Help?
- Will I Be Awake During My Procedure If I Am On Laughing Gas?
Safe Sedation Dentistry
at Luck Family Dental
Dr. Luck is skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable in sedation dentistry, and you are in good hands at Luck Family Dental. Before your treatment, Dr. Luck will walk you through the process so you know what to expect, and she will take the time to answer any questions you may have. You’ll feel informed, comfortable, and relaxed throughout your procedure, and you’ll leave our office with improved dental health.
What Is Laughing Gas?
How Laughing Gas Helps You Stay Comfortable
Laughing gas is colorless and odorless, and when it is inhaled, laughing gas has a number of beneficial effects that help you feel comfortable. It induces a feeling of euphoria and happiness, and it also has analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. We use laughing gas in combination with numbing agents to make sure that you don’t feel anything during general dentistry procedures.
Laughing gas is typically administered through a nose mask. Dr. Luck will decide on the proper dosage based on your age, gender, weight and other factors, and deliver a mixture of both laughing gas and oxygen through the mask. You’ll breathe in, and the gas will immediately be absorbed into your lungs and into your bloodstream.
One of the best things about laughing gas is that it only lasts a few minutes after you stop breathing it in. Its effects will typically wear off after about 5 minutes, and it has few negative side effects. Headaches are the most common side effect, and some patients may feel a bit nauseous. However, you will not be cognitively impaired in any way, and you will be able to drive yourself home or back to work after your procedure.
of Laughing Gas
At Luck Family Dental, we use laughing gas as a sedative option for patients who experience dental phobia or anxiety, or for patients who will be undergoing an extensive procedure. Laughing gas has several benefits, including the fact that its effects wear off quickly, so you’ll be able to drive yourself home from your appointment. Laughing gas is also a good option because it is inhaled, and patients won’t need to worry about the discomfort of needles.
What Common Issues
Are Treated By Laughing Gas?
The most common issue treated by laughing gas is dental anxiety. If you have minor-to-moderate dental anxiety, laughing gas can be very helpful. It takes your mind off of your anxiety and the dental procedure, and allows you to feel more comfortable and safe in the dentist’s chair. Laughing gas can also be helpful even if you are afraid of needles, have a low pain tolerance, or a strong gag reflex.
How IT Works
Will I be Awake During My Procedure?
Yes. Laughing gas is often called “minimal inhaled sedation” because its effect on your mental state and consciousness is very minor. You will be completely awake and conscious throughout your entire treatment, and you won’t fall asleep or forget anything that has happened during your treatment.
You may feel a bit “floaty” and “groggy” while you’re being sedated at Luck Family Dental, but these effects will wear off quickly after Dr. Luck stops administering laughing gas. If you are nervous about your upcoming dental procedure but want to remain fully conscious and aware of your surroundings, laughing gas is the ideal choice.
Resources for Our Patients
to Keep Your Care Affordable
The cost of sedation dentistry and laughing gas varies, depending on how much is used and for how long. At Luck Family Dental, we try to do our best to keep care affordable for our patients, so we offer resources that will help. Give us a call today to speak with our friendly team about payment and financing.