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I am extermely dental phobic. Need to have more work done but nitrous oxide did nothing. What are my options?

I am extermely dental phobic. Need to have more work done but nitrous oxide did nothing. What are my options?

Dental phobic: Finding a good dentist that you will trust is helping many patients or sedation dentistry will definitely help. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nitrous Oxide (Definition)

Nitrous oxide is a colorless gas consisting of two atoms of nitrogen and one of oxygen. It is commonly known as "laughing gas" because of the sense euphoria it produces and it also has ...Read more


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What can I tell to comfort my child about the use of nitrous oxide for dental procedure?

What can I tell to comfort my child about the use of nitrous oxide for dental procedure?

It'll Be Fun!: N2o, in the concentrations used for dental procedures, usually produces feelings of "flying, " or floating, often with accompanying laughter and overall relaxation. Enjoy the flight! ...Read more

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Why is nitrous oxide not routinely used in dental clinics?

Why is nitrous oxide not routinely used in dental clinics?

Number of reasons: Many reasons; here are a few. Cost, risk factor, certification needed by practitioners to use it, facility space limitations, potential for misuse, increased difficulty to work when it is being used and is often in the way, extra time required to use and re-oxygenate the patient. Additionally, it has ,sadly, become a crutch for many, although an almost bona fide necessity for some. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I need help to figure out why nitrous oxide is not routinely used in dental clinics?

I need help to figure out why nitrous oxide is not routinely used in dental clinics?

Nitrous Oxide use: First, you have to be trained and not every dentist is. Secondly, and more importantly, dental insurance companies do not generally pay for this service. Dental clinics are looking to cut costs and would have to offer this premium service at no charge, or the patients would have to pay out of pocked. Both scenarios are unlikely. You generally get what you pay for in this world. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get my wisdom teeth out with just nitrous oxide?

Can you tell me if i could get my wisdom teeth out with just nitrous oxide?

Clarification: If you are implying just the use of nitrous oxide\oxygen analgesia? Then no. If you meant to say local anesthesia to numb the area ; additionally nitrous oxide? Then yes. As a matter of fact 95% of my patients elect to have that done in lieu of having IV sedation ; with a few rare exceptions all were happy they made that choice. Many even forgo the use of nitrous oxide. It's a very personal choice. ...Read more

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