Laughing Gas In St. Mary’s County & Ashburn

What Is Laughing Gas?

Laughing gas is one of the oldest and most effective methods of dental sedation. Also known as nitrous oxide, laughing gas is a colorless, odorless gas that helps create feelings of happiness, calm, and relaxation.

However, it does not make you sleepy, groggy, or confused. You will still be alert and responsive to commands. This makes it ideal for use in dentistry, particularly for simple procedures like fillings, crowns, and root canals. Contact Academy Dental Care today to learn more, and get the comfortable dental treatment you need with laughing gas sedation.

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Why is preventive dental care important?

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Preventive dentistry if your foundation for a healthy smile. With regular cleanings and exams, small dental issues can be caught before they turn into large and costly problems. Preventive dental care along with a diligent at-home brushing and flossing routine can help prevent dental issues all together. It’s these small investments in your oral hygiene that lead to a beautiful, healthy smile.

Did you know…

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Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 different types of bacteria.

Regular flossing allows you to clean an additional 40% of your tooth surface.

Over 90% of American adults have had a cavity at some point in their lives.

Did you know…

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Laughing gas has been used as a common dental sedation method for nearly two centuries!

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How It Works: The Laughing Gas Sedation Process

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Mask placement

To begin the process, a nose mask will be placed on your face. Dr. O’Shea will then adjust the mask to send a stream of oxygen and nitrous oxide into your lungs as you breathe through your nose.

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Treatment begins

As you breathe nitrous oxide, it will be absorbed by your lungs right away, making you feel more safe, relaxed, and comfortable. Once you’re sedated, your dental procedure will begin.

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Flushing your lungs

After your treatment is done, Dr. O’Shea will cut off the flow of nitrous oxide. You will breathe in a stream of pure oxygen for a few minutes. This reduces the after-effects of nitrous oxide by “flushing” it from your lungs and bloodstream.

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Cleaning & Hygiene

Teeth cleanings are essential for maintaining a healthy mouth. Seeing an oral hygienist and a dentist every six months ensures that minor stains, plaque, and bacteria can be removed from your teeth, and that your smile remains healthy and strong.

Good at-home oral hygiene is also important. Make sure you brush at least twice a day for two minutes using fluoride-based toothpaste, and floss once per day to get rid of food particles, plaque, and bacteria that can’t be removed with brushing alone.

Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride treatments can be applied to the teeth after any teeth cleaning. Your dentist will apply a layer of fluoride-rich gel or paste directly to your teeth, and leave it in place for several minutes. Then, it will be rinsed away.

After treatment, the fluoride will attract minerals like calcium and phosphates to your teeth, strengthening and “remineralizing” them. This, in turn, helps prevent the formation of cavities.

Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a great way to fight back against cavities, and can be used on patients of all ages. Sealants are made up of a layer of liquid dental resin, which your dentist will apply directly to the rear teeth. Usually, sealants are only used on the rear teeth because their deep crevices are more prone to cavities. 

This resin is hardened using a UV light, creating a strong, transparent barrier. This blocks food debris, acid, and bacteria from contact with your enamel. A strong dental sealant can prevent the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.

Periodontal Care

Periodontal care is an essential part of preventive dentistry for patients who have gum disease. The first stage of gum disease is known as “gingivitis,” and it can be reversed with specialized deep cleanings and proper at-home oral hygiene. It’s important to see your dentist for regular checkups so they can monitor your oral health and ensure gingivitis is at bay. 

Patients with more advanced cases of gum disease can never fully eradicate the disease, although it can be maintained with more frequent, deep cleanings. Routine periodontal maintenance cleanings are typically scheduled every 3 months and can halt the progression of the disease, keeping their oral health under control. 

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of preventive care. Oral cancer is often hard to detect until it spreads more widely and becomes more serious. However, your dentist can detect signs early simply by performing an oral exam at your biannual dental appointments. 

Your dentist will examine your mouth, gums, and oral tissues. They will look for discolored patches, lumps, growths, and other such abnormalities. In the rare case that an issue is found, a biopsy can be taken and sent to a specialist for further analysis, or your dentist will refer you to a specialist directly. Consistent dental visits allow your dentist to become familiar with your oral health, which in turn, allows them to more easily notice when there may be something wrong.

Did you know…

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Regular flossing allows you to clean an additional 40% of your tooth surface.

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More About Laughing Gas Sedation

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How Can Laughing Gas Help Me At The Dentist?

First, laughing gas is a powerful anti-anxiety drug. Feelings of fear, anxiety, and intimidation will be dramatically reduced or even completely eliminated, in some cases. This makes it ideal for people with dental anxiety.

Laughing gas also helps improve your pain tolerance, and makes you feel euphoric and happy. You will be in a good mood, and you will feel calm and at peace with what’s happening around you. This lets you rest, relax, and have an easier time getting the dental care you need.

In addition to these benefits, laughing gas also suppresses the gag reflex, which is useful in patients who may have a strong gag reflex. It can also help with the fear of numbing needles, which is a common issue even in patients who may not suffer from severe dental anxiety.

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How Does It Feel? Explaining The Effects Of Laughing Gas

As the name suggests, laughing gas will make you feel happy, and the things that happen around you may seem funny and odd. You may even giggle or laugh! You may also feel “floaty” and a little bit disconnected from the things that are happening during your dental appointment.

And the best thing about laughing gas is that these effects wear off within just a few minutes. About 5 minutes after your appointment at Academy Dental Care, you’ll feel completely normal, with only a few mild side effects. You’ll even be able to drive yourself home, or back to work or school.

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