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Laughing Gas Sedation Dentistry in East Peoria, IL

For some people, the idea of having a root canal or even a simple filling inspires terror. If your fear of the dentist prevents you from taking care of your teeth, sedation dentistry can help you achieve better dental health without the panic.

Sedation Dentistry: A Weapon Against Dental Fear

Sedation dentistry providers use various medications to induce a state of relaxation and calm during intimidating dental procedures. An anesthesia dentist understands your fears and works with you to provide dental care in a way that doesn’t exacerbate your anxiety. Dental sedation can be administered in several forms; oral sedation dentistry involves taking a pill or capsule before your procedure while IV sedation is delivered directly into your bloodstream. One of the safest and most common forms of sedation is laughing gas. Our skilled dentists provide safe, effective laughing gas sedation dentistry in East Peoria to make our patients’ treatment goals easier to achieve.

How Does Laughing Gas Sedation Dentistry Work?

Laughing gas is inhaled through a special nose mask just minutes before a procedure. The odorless, non-allergenic and non-flammable gas has been used by dentists to relieve pain and anxiety since the 1800s. Because its effects can be quickly and easily reversed, it’s considered an extremely safe and convenient option for sedation dentistry. Laughing gas sedation is appropriate for use in adults and children of all ages. In fact, many formerly anxious kids actually enjoy visiting their laughing gas dentist.

What Are the Advantages of Choosing Laughing Gas?

Besides its ability to soothe your fear of the dentist, laughing gas sedation dentistry has several other advantages, including the following:

  • Laughing gas is the only sedation dentistry agent that allows you to drive yourself home immediately after a procedure.
  • If you don’t like the way laughing gas makes you feel, its effects can be reversed within minutes.
  • Because it’s a gas, there are no needles or IV lines involved.
  • Laughing gas is an affordable and practical option.

What Does Laughing Gas Sedation Dentistry Feel Like?

After your laughing gas dentist places the mask on your nose, you’ll feel the effects of laughing gas within just a few minutes. Many people describe the effects of laughing gas as a dreamy, pleasant state of diminished awareness. You may feel a warm or tingling sensation followed by profound relaxation and euphoria or giddiness. Your ability to sense pain will be diminished. Many patients start to giggle or laugh, which explains the gas’s moniker. If you become too sedated, your dentist can decrease the amount of laughing gas  that you’re breathing within seconds. If you have questions about choosing laughing gas sedation dentistry in East Peoria, our helpful experts will be happy to provide more detailed information.

How Long Does Laughing Gas Dental Sedation Last?

Once you stop inhaling laughing gas from the nose mask, the effects rapidly dissipate with just a few normal breaths. All sedative effects should be gone within five minutes. Because of how quickly and easily it can be controlled, laughing gas dental sedation is ideal for nearly all procedures that require sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry Cost: Is Laughing Gas Expensive?

Several factors affect sedation dentistry cost; these include your location, the nature of your dental procedure and the type of sedation your anesthesia dentist offers. Laughing gas almost always costs less than IV sedation dentistry or general anesthesia.

Sedation dentistry can stop your fear of going to the dentist from ruining your healthy smile. Contact us today to learn more about laughing gas sedation dentistry in East Peoria.

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