Nitrous Oxide Dentistry in Reno, Nevada

Are you anxious? Do you experience dental anxiety or have a strong gag reflex? We’re here to ease your concerns. Nitrous oxide provides a safe and effective method to ensure your dental treatment in Reno, Nevada, is a comfortable and stress-free experience.

What is Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” is a colorless, odorless gas commonly used in dentistry. When inhaled, it provides analgesic and anxiolytic effects to help with pain and anxiety. Nitrous oxide is administered through a nasal hood that delivers a blend of nitrous oxide gas and pure oxygen. This conscious sedation method induces a calming and euphoric sensation, allowing you to feel at ease during dental procedures without losing consciousness.

Is Nitrous Oxide the same as Laughing Gas?

Nitrous oxide, commonly known as “laughing gas,” is a widely utilized tool in the field of dentistry. The moniker “laughing gas” owes itself to the euphoric and light-hearted sensation it can induce in patients during dental procedures. This safe and effective mild anesthetic/anxiolytic has earned its nickname due to the occasional giggles it sometimes elicits, making the dental experience more relaxed and comfortable for many. At Swanson Dental Group, we harness the power of “laughing gas” to ensure your dental visits in Reno, Nevada, are not only efficient but also light-hearted and stress-free, keeping your comfort as our top priority.

Why Choose Swanson Dental Group for Nitrous Oxide Dentistry?

1. Experienced Dentists: Dr. Swanson is experienced in administering nitrous oxide during dental procedures. We’ve helped numerous patients in Northern Nevada overcome dental anxiety and discomfort during their dental appointments.

2. Personalized Care: Your comfort is our priority. Swanson Dental Group customizes the use of nitrous oxide to cater to your specific needs. If you are someone who needs a little extra help to relax in the dental chair, nitrous oxide could be just the thing to ensure your dental experience is comfortable and free of anxiety.

3. Safety and Monitoring: Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedation methods in dentistry. Our dental professionals closely monitor your well-being throughout the dental procedure, adjusting the gas as needed to ensure your safety.

4. Rapid Recovery: Nitrous oxide has a quick recovery time. Once the nasal hood is removed, the effects of the “laughing gas” wear off rapidly, allowing you to move about normally after your dental visit.

Who Can Benefit from Nitrous Oxide?

Nitrous oxide in dentistry is ideal for individuals who:

  • Experience dental anxiety or fear
  • Have a low pain threshold
  • Suffer from a strong gag reflex
  • Require extensive or lengthy dental procedures, such as cleanings or dental crowns
  • Are younger, such as children in need of pediatric dentistry services

Contact Us To Learn More About Nitrous Oxide

Ready to experience dental care that is comfortable and stress-free? Contact our dental office in Reno, Nevada today to schedule your dental appointment and discuss how nitrous oxide can enhance your dental experience.

Swanson Dental Group is your trusted partner in achieving optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. Our offering of nitrous oxide for use during dental procedures is designed to make your dental experience in Reno, Nevada as anxiety-free as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or to schedule a dental appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Dental Crowns used?

Dental crowns are used for a myriad of reasons but are generally used when there is tooth damage, such as a broken tooth or cracked tooth, resulting from tooth decay or discoloration. Crowns are also commonly used after most root canal procedures to offer added strength and protection against future tooth fracture.  Dental crowns and veneers can be utilized simply to make aesthetic improvements to your smile. For example, if teeth are rotated, misshaped, asymmetric, damaged, discolored, etc., dental crowns and veneers could be an option to help achieve a more attractive smile. Crowns are also used to restore dental implants, which is an option for replacing a missing tooth on either front teeth or back teeth.

What’s the difference between Dental Crowns and Veneers?

Dental veneers are similar to dental crowns, except that they only cover the outward facing surfaces of the teeth, rather than the whole tooth, like crowns do. For this reason, veneers are used more often for cosmetic changes, rather than for repairing tooth damage and decay.

I’ve heard Dental Crowns are expensive, so can’t I just do a filling instead?

Usually, the extent of tooth damage is what determines whether a crown or a filling can be placed. If a tooth is severely damaged, has extensive decay or has a large filling that is failing, a dental crown may be the best long-term option for the tooth. In our Reno, NV office, Dr. Swanson always tries to recommend the most conservative option when it comes to dental treatment. Still, sometimes a dental crown is best suited for extending a tooth’s lifespan while maintaining the tooth structure. The cost of a dental crown or veneer will vary from office to office and depends on whether your dental insurance plan provides any financial help. The cost will also depend on which materials are used. If you are in need of a crown, all of these factors will be discussed upfront, so you are well aware of what to expect.  Dental crowns can be a wonderful long-term restoration, commonly lasting over 10 years when they are made with high-quality materials and well-maintained with proper care. 

What is involved with a dental crown procedure?

Many times, a dental crown procedure will take 2 visits. The first visit is longer and is when the bulk of the dental work is performed. Decay is removed from the tooth, the tooth is carefully prepared for a crown to fit over the top, and a detailed impression is taken. At the end of this first visit, you will be given a temporary crown to wear while your permanent crown is being made in a lab. The second visit is when your temporary crown is removed, and your custom permanent crown is checked and delivered. Local anesthetic is usually necessary for the first visit, but not always for the second. 

As technology in dentistry has improved over the years, dental crowns can be made in an in-office dental lab, which often allows for the crown to be completed in a single visit.

Many people falsely assume that root canal therapy is necessary prior to a crown, but this is not the case. However, the reverse is often true: dental crowns are usually necessary following root canal therapy.

What is the difference between a Dental Crown and a Dental Bridge?

A crown is a restoration for a single tooth, whereas a bridge is a restoration for multiple teeth when a tooth is missing.  A bridge is like multiple crowns fused together and is one option for replacing a missing tooth.

How do I clean my Dental Crown(s)?

As with anything, crowns require good oral hygiene as well as professional cleanings and maintenance to last as long as possible. When a permanent crown is placed, we recommend brushing twice a day, flossing daily and routinely coming in for professional cleanings as directed by your dental team. This will allow us to check on how your dental work is holding up and offer suggestions if needed.

If you have additional questions about dental crowns, veneers or any other dental treatments, give our Reno dental office a call, or stop into Swanson Dental Group, your local Reno dentist. We are here to help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile that you can confidently display for years to come.

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