Dr. Karen K. Tiwana Provides Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Pittsboro

Chatham Dental Arts is proud to be the home of Dr. Karen K. Tiwana, a leading Pittsboro dentist who offers sedation dentistry to our patients both young and old. You may also have heard sedation dentistry by its more common names, such as nitrous oxide or “laughing gas,” which ultimately helps ease the potential fears and anxiety some patients experience when having their teeth cleaned or in for a more in-depth procedure.

What is Nitrous Oxide (Inhalation Sedation)?

Dental sedation is regularly used in connection with general, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures to help patients feel calm and free of stress or muscle tension during their visit.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

What Are Some Benefits to Sedation Dentistry?

In addition to the personal benefits you experience while under dental sedation, our Pittsboro sedation dentist is also usually able to accomplish more dental work in one sitting, saving you time and money.

Talk with our Pittsboro dentist, Dr. Tiwana, about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.