Dr. Schmieder’s main concern is the comfort of his patients. Therefore, his goal is to ensure that each patient feels at ease and has a pain-free experience.
Nitrous oxide or what is also referred to as “laughing gas” can safely be used to control a patient’s pain and anxiety. This type of dental pain management is also known as inhalation sedation using nitrous oxide (N20) and oxygen (02). Nitrous oxide kills pain and creates a pleasurable feeling after about five minutes of breathing in the gas. A patient will also typically need a local anesthetic to numb the site where the dentist will be working.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) identifies nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation sedation as a safe and effective technique to reduce anxiety in children.
What are the benefits of using nitrous oxide?
Besides those patients with dental anxiety, nitrous oxide may also be appropriate for people who:
Are there any disadvantages?
Dr. Schmieder’s main concern is the comfort of his patients. Therefore, his goal is to ensure that each patient feels at ease and has a pain-free experience. General anesthesia is available at Scenic Drive Dental for our appropriate patients. We use the St. Louis-based company Premier Dental Anesthesiology that provides anesthesiologists to area dental offices. Each case is personally performed by board certified physicians along with a nurse or anesthesiologist assistant. Learn more at their website http://www.premierdentalanesthesiology.net
Complete sedation can be beneficial in treating children, special needs patients and the severely nervous or anxious patient. Premier Dental directly bills the patient’s insurance company.