Sedation Dentistry – Jeffersonville, IN

Enjoy a Relaxing Dental Appointment

Many adults avoid scheduling visits with the dentists due to nervousness, anxiety, or even fear. Unfortunately, this means that their smiles often go without the care they need, leading to oral health problems down the road. Fortunately, Dr. Eric Thornton can help you enjoy a relaxing dental appointment with sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry in our Jeffersonville, IN dental office will safely soothe your anxieties, making it easier than ever to receive the treatments you need for a healthy smile. Contact Limestone Dentistry to learn more about how sedation can make your dental visits a breeze!

Why Choose Limestone Dentistry for Sedation Dentistry?

  • Friendly, Skilled
    Dentist & Team
  • Your Comfort Is
    Our Top Priority
  • Patients of
    All Ages Welcome

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Child receiving nitrous oxide sedation dentistry treatment

Does the term “nitrous oxide sedation” not sound familiar? You might recognize this common sedative by its nickname- laughing gas! This extremely gentle yet highly effective option for sedation has been used for decades to help patients feel comfortable in the dental examination chair. It’s a quick and easy option that can squash any nagging feelings of anxiety that may be standing between you and the oral healthcare you deserve. Plus, the effects of nitrous oxide sedation wear off in moments, so you’ll be back to your regular day-to-day schedule right after your appointment.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

Jeffersonville sedation dentist smiling and talking with male patient

One of the most popular benefits of nitrous oxide sedation is that it’s a great choice for nearly anyone, from younger children to older patients. Additionally, it can be used during all manner of dental treatments depending on a person’s situation, including everything from a root canal treatment to a dental cleaning.

Nitrous oxide might be right for you if you:

  • Need a little bit of help relaxing or feeling at-ease in the dental examination chair.
  • Are feeling nervous about a particular treatment you’re having done.
  • Have very sensitive teeth or don’t respond well to local anesthetic.
  • Have a very strong gag reflex that makes dental treatments uncomfortable.
  • Are planning on having several treatments completed at one time.

However, there is no one treatment that is right for absolutely everyone. The only way to determine if nitrous oxide sedation is the best choice for you or your child is to visit us for a consultation. Generally, we don’t recommend laughing gas for patients with respiratory issues, nasal congestion, and other specific medical conditions. During your evaluation, we’ll help you discover which sedation option is the safest and most effective way to help you get the relaxing dental care you deserve.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?

Woman relaxing in dental chair with mask administering nitrous oxide sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation couldn’t be easier to use. We will administer this odorless gas via a small mask that is placed over your nose. Within minutes, your nervousness will simply melt away! In its place, you’ll feel waves of relaxation, calmness, and contentedness. While nitrous oxide doesn’t knock patients out or put them to sleep, your senses are dulled so you won’t feel anything more than a bit of pressure in your mouth as we work.

Throughout your procedure, our experienced team will monitor your vitals. If needed, we’ll be able to adjust the dosage of the nitrous oxide to ensure you are as safe and comfortable as possible at any given moment.

Aftercare for Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Alert man smiling and giving a thumbs-up after nitrous oxide sedation

Once we’re finished, we’ll remove the mask. The sedative’s effects will dissipate over the course of just a few minutes. While a small percentage of patients experience mild nausea for a little while after they recover, the vast majority of people feel completely back to normal, just as they did before their appointment. You’ll be able to drive yourself back to work, school, or home afterward without any interruption to the rest of your day!