About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as laughing gas or inhalation sedation, is used to help patients who may feel anxious about a dental procedure by sedating them for a short time. Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odor-free gas that is administered at Allred Dental in San Marcos, CA during treatment to make patients feel more comfortable and at ease. Dr. Jeffrey Allred will control the amount of gas administered to ensure the patient is safe and still conscious enough to listen and follow instructions. The patient will feel relaxed without actually being put to sleep.
"I had such a wonderful experience at Allred dental. Dr. Allred and his staff are super friendly and attentive they made me feel totally relaxed which is pretty rare for being at a dentist office. I was actually a little nervous going in for my procedure because I was scared it was going to be painful. In the contrary I felt no pain and they were finished before I knew it. It was great!! I would highly recommend Allred dental to anyone needing dental services."- C.C. / Google / Aug 21, 2017
"Best dentist I've ever had. Staff is great, and Dr Allred is friendly and skilled. I'll never switch to another dentist!"- S.S. / Yelp / Mar 16, 2018
"Dr. Allred is amazing at what he does. I didn't even feel the shots and he banged out 8 cavities in one sitting for me. It was impressive to say the least. Thanks Jeff!"- E.A. / Yelp / Oct 01, 2017
"My new Dentist 100%. I rarely give reviews online. I have to say Dr, Allred and the staff have welcomed me into this office. They are talented and friendly. office is updated with modern machines and tools and other nice high tech tools."- E.G. / Google / Jul 21, 2017
"I've had a lot of experience with dentists and Dr. Allred is the best I've been to. He is gentle, professional and does beautiful work. He also has what seems to me to be the latest in equipment. If you're a little neurotic (or a lot as I am) about dental visits, then this is the place for you. His staff without exception are great. They are very helpful and knowledgable. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dr. Allred to my family and friends."- B. / Google / Jun 21, 2017
What to Expect
Oxygen is usually added to the nitrous oxide gas for safer results. Dr. Allred will begin the sedation by placing a hood over the patient’s nose as the patient breathes normally. The patient will begin to feel lightheaded within a few minutes as the nitrous oxide starts to take effect. The patient will then begin to notice a tingling sensation (usually in the arms and legs) or a warm, vibrating feeling throughout the body. At full effect, the nitrous oxide gas will make the patient experience a sense of euphoria and allow Dr. Allred to complete the procedure without any discomfort to the patient. The nitrous oxide can be used as long as needed, and it can be switched on and off depending on the patient’s needs.
Once the nitrous oxide is stopped, the gas and its effects will leave the body in minutes. The patient should have no lasting effects and is able to take themselves home after the procedure. There are usually no negative side effects associated with nitrous oxide gas when used for sedation, but some patients may experience slight nausea. To prevent nausea, the patient should eat a light meal before their procedure.
The insurance coverage of nitrous oxide sedation will vary depending on the reasons for use. When sedation is needed for a certain procedure, it is usually covered at least in part by the patient’s insurance plan. If the nitrous oxide is requested by the patient for fear or anxiety, the insurance company may not cover the cost. Our front office will check with the patient’s insurance company to determine their coverage and personal expenses. Our office accepts many forms of payment and we can help you with medical financing plans.
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When you schedule an appointment with Allred Dental, please ask about nitrous oxide sedation for your procedure, whether it is a routine cleaning or a longer treatment. We can answer any questions you may have about sedation. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about nitrous oxide gas and other sedation options.