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By THOMAS KEMLAGE DDS / ANDREW T. KEMLAGE DDS
September 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Nitrous Oxide  

Nitrous Oxide is a gas that has been used in the dental setting since the 1840s. Nicknamed "laughing gas," it causes feelings of relaxation, happiness, and, periodically, euphoria. When used during dental procedures, it keeps patients positive and comfortable. Dr. Andrew Kemlage and Dr. Tom Kemlage of Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, utilize nitrous oxide for many of their procedures.

Nitrous Oxide is Safe

Every Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, understands that nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available today, with very few side effects when administered properly. In the modern use of it, the gas canisters are regulated so only a certain concentration of the gas can be dispensed. During a visit, the gas is mixed with oxygen from oxygen dispensers, so a person breathing in nitrous oxide is also still getting plenty of oxygen.

How Nitrous Oxide is Used During an Appointment

If you've opted to work with a Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, such as those found at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, and you've opted to use nitrous oxide for your visit, you will have received a rubber breathing mask that goes over your nose. During your first visit, you'll be given one of these, and you'll take it home. You'll want to bring it back for each dental visit in the future if you wish to use nitrous.

Once in the chair, the dental technician will help you put on your nose mask comfortably, and then they will turn on both oxygen and nitrous. An oxygen level monitor is also placed on your finger. All you have to do is relax. Within a few minutes, you begin to feel very safe, warm, happy, and satisfied. You feel no anxiety or fear during your dental appointment. When finished, the dental technician will turn off the gas and leave the oxygen fully on. In about five minutes, you'll be feeling like yourself again.

Nitrous Oxide May Help You Keep Your Regular Dental Visits

Some of our patients, who previously did not like the dentist, once they experienced the benefits of using the gas during their visits, are pleased to come back for their subsequent follow-up visits and six-month checkups. You'll find you cannot purchase this gas for recreational or home use. Coming to the dentist is one of the few places you'll be able to experience the benefits of nitrous oxide.

If you're seeking a Fenton dentist in Fenton, MO, look no further than the father and son duo of Dr. Kemlage and Dr. Kemlage at Kemlage Family Dentistry in Fenton, MO, for all of your dental needs. Contact their caring staff today at 636-225-1777 to make an appointment!