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Here at Serenity Smile Designs, Dr. Erik Mendelsohn and his staff understand and share your dental concerns. We strive to make every dental visit as comfortable as possible during any procedures. Our job is to figure out how to make every patient, especially those who are fearful about dental visits, so comfortable in their chair that any past negative experiences are completely put out of their minds.
Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is one option that Dr. Erik Mendelsohn offers to help make you comfortable during certain procedures. It allows patients to maintain good oral health while in a relaxed state of mind. Inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose, nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen to help you relax. Dr. Erik 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!
Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions Dr. Erik or the staff of Serenity Smile Designs may have. This is called “conscious sedation.” The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the treatment has ended and the mask is removed.
Think nitrous oxide is right for you? Don’t hesitate to visit our office in Egg Harbor Township to find out about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you. Call us at (609) 646-1989 to schedule an appointment!
To learn more about conscious sedation, please visit the American Dental Association website.
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