Sedation Dentistry (Nitrous Oxide)

Stay Comfortable with Sedation Dentistry in Lancaster County

Avoid the discomfort of dental procedures; contact us about options for sedation dentistry by calling 610-593-2818.

Many dental patients feel anxiety related to visiting the dentist. Our team at Atglen Family Dentistry understands how you feel. We focus on helping you feel comfortable before a procedure, and we also offer sedation dentistry in Lancaster County.

Sedation dentistry allows you to relax and spend a dental procedure in a sleep-like state. We perform the dental work while you rest and wake you up afterward, allowing you to get on with your day and reducing your overall level of stress.

Sedation Dentistry and Nitrous Oxide

Our team at Atglen Family Dentistry uses nitrous oxide to perform sedation dentistry. Many people use the term ‘laughing gas’ to refer to nitrous oxide, as exposure may cause feelings of joy or amusement.

Our dental practice chooses to use nitrous oxide for sedation for several reasons:

Fast Effects

Patients often begin to feel the effects of nitrous oxide quickly after exposure, allowing us to start a dental procedure quickly. We respect your time and work to complete our work efficiently without rushing. 

Effective Results

Nitrous oxide has several effects, depending upon how much gas a patient inhales. For example, some patients become calmer as they inhale the gas. We may place patients into an unconscious state to complete dental treatment in other situations. 

Wears Off Quickly

Unlike some other forms of sedation, the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly once we remove the gas. As a result, patients often regain their ability to function in minutes. You can find out more about sedation dentistry in Lancaster County by reaching out to us. 

Dental Procedures and Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry reduces the stress associated with dental visits for many patients in Lancaster County. Some patients request this treatment even for regular cleanings, especially if they have a sensitive gag reflex. 

Dental work requires our team members to place their fingers and instruments in your mouth. Patients with a sensitive gag reflex often cannot avoid choking in this situation. Sedation numbs your gag reflex, allowing your dentist to work more effectively.

We also offer sedation dentistry for more involved oral health procedures, like filling a cavity. Our dental team considers your concerns about dental work, and we work to find options that allow you to get the oral health care you need while avoiding unnecessary anxiety. 

We Offer Sedation for Your Family

Parents often express concern about the safety of sedation therapy for their children. Sedation therapy usually works well for patients of all ages, including children. In some cases, parents wish to use sedation dentistry for children with:

  • Behavioral disorders
  • Medical disorders
  • Developmental disorders

We discuss all your options before a procedure. You can speak with Dr. Onyinye C Myers about any concerns you have regarding sedation therapy before you make a final decision about the process. 

Possible Side-Effects of Sedation Dentistry

Our team believes in providing you with complete information before scheduling an appointment using sedation dentistry. You may experience several side effects upon exposure to nitrous oxide. Some patients feel:

  • Sleepy
  • Dizzy
  • Groggy 

Not all patients experience these symptoms, and the intensity of the symptoms may vary based on your body chemistry. Patients may experience symptoms for several hours after their procedure. Keep these factors in mind when setting up your appointment.

What to Expect from Sedation Dentistry

Do you want to know more about sedation dentistry? We’re happy to answer all of your questions. We can also provide you with a brief overview of most sedation dentistry procedures. 

Generally, we start the process with a consultation. After you understand all the steps involved in sedation, we set up your appointment. Our team administers the sedation, performs the procedure, and then wakes you up.

The experts recommend that you have someone else drive you home after sedation dentistry, even if you feel awake and alert. You can discuss all the factors that go into sedation dentistry with members of our woman-owned dental office.

We help you determine if sedation dentistry represents the right choice for you and your family.

Set Up Your Appointment for Sedation Dentistry

Our team at Atglen Family Dentistry provides sedation dentistry in Lancaster County. We can review your concerns about dental procedures and work to develop a plan that helps you feel comfortable throughout the process.

You can take the first step to protect your oral health by contacting us at 610-593-2818.