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If you have trouble sitting still in a dentist's chair or suffer from dental phobia, you may benefit from nitrous oxide sedation at Dr. Ron Shiver's practice in Valdosta, GA. The mild sedative has no lingering side effects and has been safely used on millions of patients. Dr. Shiver has more than 35 years of experience administering nitrous oxide so his patients can feel relaxed and comfortable throughout their treatment.
Also known as laughing gas, this mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide (N2O) is administered through your nose. The steady stream of gas quickly enters a patient’s bloodstream through the lungs before acting on the central nervous system and brain. Nitrous oxide causes patients to feel:
From the moment the gas is administered at our Valdosta clinic and throughout your procedure, Dr. Shiver will closely monitor its makeup. We will also monitor your behavior and other vital signs to ensure that you are consistently given a safe dosage of the sedative agent.
Individuals who may not be a good candidate for nitrous oxide include:
Patients who are not good candidates may still benefit from oral conscious sedation, and some procedures simply require sedative effects that go beyond what nitrous oxide can provide.
This anti-anxiety medication can simply be taken before you visit our office. Oral conscious sedation often sends patients into a twilight sleep where they are conscious but deeply relaxed. The effects of the prescription medication linger, meaning you will need to plan ahead for a ride home after treatment.
Many people enjoy the fact that the effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, allowing patients to drive themselves home after their procedure. Nitrous oxide also comes with a very low risk of complications or side effects. A small number of individuals experience nausea from nitrous oxide. If you have experienced negative side effects after using nitrous oxide in the past, please let Dr. Shiver or one of our staff members know.
This mild sedative has no lingering side effects so most patients can safely drive themselves home after treatment.
Other benefits of nitrous oxide include:
We never want anxiety or fear of discomfort to prevent you from seeking important dental treatments. If you have worries or concerns about undergoing treatment at our Valdosta dental clinic, Dr. Shiver can explain your sedation options. To schedule your consultation or treatment, contact our office online or call (229) 247-0923. We gladly accept CareCredit® financing to help patients afford treatment.