Up until the mid-1800s, dentists worked with no anesthesia or sedation at all. Then someone realized that nitrous oxide (N2O), which was used for recreational purposes, could also be used to dull pain from dental procedures. Now it’s considered a safe and effective agent of sedation that’s blended with the oxygen in your nasal mask (nasal hood). General and cosmetic dentist Dr. Frederick Solomon welcomes patients with dental anxiety and can offer nitrous oxide (NO) sedation as we strive to eliminate any discomfort or fear, and make every visit at Tribeca Smiles in New York, NY a pleasant one.
As you gently breathe in the NO sedation, it will quickly start relaxing you. It is colloquially referred to as "laughing gas" by some and simply helps you become more comfortable during whatever procedure you are slated to undergo. It is not designed to make you completely unconscious, like general anesthesia, but just to relax you and "take the edge off." The NO sedation is administered through the nose so your mouth can be worked on unimpeded.
"I had a root canal today and have been dreading what would occur during and after the procedure. Dr Solomon and his team walked me through the steps and made feel comfortable throughout.A few jokes and magic tricks relaxed me even more. If I could give 5 plus stars I would :)"- K.R. / Google / Mar 08, 2019
"Excellent service and caring staff!"- C.S. / Google / Dec 11, 2019
"On vacation in NYC I annoyingly chipped a veneer at lunch. As I was in the area I googled 'Cerec' and found Tribeca Smiles. Dr Solomon was kind enough to fit me in the same day, and I was soon on my way with a perfect repair.Dr Solomon and his staff are very friendly, helpful, and pleasant to deal with.But a highlight was meeting Merlin the dog who Dr S allowed me to have my photo taken with. Highlight of my day!(Don't worry if you're not keen on dogs. Merlin is hidden out of the way - but I missed my mutt and Dr S was kind enough to let me see him).If you're here on vacation and want any emergency dental work, I would happily recommend giving Tribeca Smiles a call first to see if you can be fitted in."- T.L. / Google / Dec 07, 2019
"This is the best dentist I have ever been to. He comes up with the dental treatment plan with you and is very thorough and precise and cares immensely about the end product as he cares about the process. I had a chip on one of my incisors and he fixed it flawlessly and quickly. His staff is also all wonderful across the board and the office is very warm and inviting. I have referred my husband to him as well as a friend at work who both now go to him and would highly recommend him to anyone."- G.G. / Google / Nov 30, 2019
"Dr. Solomon and his team are amazing!! So sweet and helpful, and know what they are doing. They were able to fix my chipped top teeth with bonding super quickly (I even fell asleep while they were doing it) and now am on the road to a perfect smile with Invisalign. Another plus for me is that they will make the time to see you which with my unusual work schedule is perfect. Would definitely recommend Dr. Solomon and his wonderful team! I couldn’t be happier with my experience."- Y.V. / Google / Nov 12, 2019
Nitrous oxide is normally used along with a local anesthesia such as lidocaine, which is still necessary to numb your mouth during dental procedures. It does not work for post-treatment discomfort, as it wears off very quickly and will be long out of your system before the local anesthesia starts to wear off. NO sedation is ideal for adults or children who are afraid of dental procedures in general and want to be able to handle them better, so if you’re delaying see a dentist like Dr. Solomon, nitrous oxide will empower you to get the professional dental care you need. However, if you a person who overmedicates or has difficulty breathing through your nose, or if you’re extremely phobic, have COPD, or even have a full stomach, alternative means of anesthesia can be considered.
What To Expect
Nitrous has what doctors call rapid uptake, good effect, and rapid recovery. After it quickly wears off and an appropriate recovery time, you’ll probably even be able to drive yourself home. Dr. Solomon may start you on 100% oxygen and slowly increase the nitrous. Depending on how you’re doing and the volume of your breathing, he will slowly up your intake and ask you to raise a hand when you start feeling the effects. Most of the time, you’ll start to feel relaxed within 30 seconds or less. The concentration of nitrous may also be relatively increased or decreased depending on the type of procedure being performed and your current level of anxiety. You may notice tingling in your arms and legs, and a feeling of vibration, warmth, euphoria, or positive well-being.
Recovery from NO sedation is usually immediate and you shouldn’t need much help to snap back to reality. Since it leaves your body within 3 – 5 minutes, normal activities can be resumed right away. Nitrous is an excellent way to reduce your anxiety and raise your pain threshold. If you feel any unpleasantness, let Dr. Solomon or someone on our team know immediately. If you’ve had bad experiences with nitrous in the past, it’s probably because the concentration was too high in the O2/N20 mix. Typically, you should only receive 30 – 40% nitrous. Regardless, there’s no hangover effect or bad effects on your heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain. Nitrous can also be used effectively on children with scented nosepieces, who also generally bounce back from it in no time.
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If you would like to see if your treatment or dental procedure can be accomplished with nitrous oxide sedation, call for a consultation today. Our highly trained staff will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns about the use of NO sedation at Tribeca Smiles. If you are putting off needed dental work because of your dental fear or anxiety, please reach out to us. We can help.