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
"Very friendly office! It felt like they genuinely care about your teeth and overall health. It felt like a much deeper and better cleaning than some of my past experiences ."- N.S. / Facebook / Oct 05, 2018
"Very caring office. They really care about your oral health and how it affects your overall health. They are very informative. My teeth feel much cleaner than they have ever felt at some of my past dentists offices."- N.S. / Google / Oct 04, 2018
"From the time the receptionist answered the phone to the time I walked out the door, I was treated very professionally from the entire staff at Allred Dental. You can expect a friendly voice from Ellen when you call to make your appointment and when you walk in the door. After a very thorough photo session of my teeth, the dental assistant walked me through a tour of my mouth asking me a lot of questions and telling me what was going on with my teeth. When Dr Allred came in, a thorough recap in her findings was presented to him and me. From there he checked himself, agreed with everything she said and had a couple additional points. Then on to my cleaning which was a breeze. They really take care to insure your comfort. Great dental experience."- A.N. / Yelp / Aug 07, 2018
"Dr. Allred and his team are very friendly, honest, and skilled at what they do. They are also clearly up to date with the latest technology. I would highly recommend them!"- K.M. / Facebook / Jul 25, 2018
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.
Plan Your Procedure
A Laughing Matter
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.