About Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is used to safely eliminate pain and calm nervous dental patients at Yancho Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Traverse City, MI. Unlike the injections that remove pain in a specific area, nitrous oxide is an overall pain reliever. After breathing the gas for about 5 minutes, patients experience a numbing and euphoric feeling throughout their body. Some people get a case of the giggles, which is where nitrous oxide gets its nickname "laughing gas." Some of the benefits of using nitrous oxide are that it works very quickly. Typically, within a few minutes the patient can already feel the relaxing effects of the drug. The level of sedation can be quickly and easily adjusted by board-certified dentist Dr. Phillip Yancho throughout the procedure to ensure that the patient is not uncomfortable or overly sedated. There's no lingering "hang over" effect. When sedation is no longer needed Dr. Yancho will stop the nitrous oxide and administer oxygen through the mask, giving the patient a fresh and alert feeling.
"Phillip C. Yancho, D.D.S., Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Traverse City, is more than a name or a dental practice. It is the gold standard of service, treatment, and care. From our very first phone call to the on-going dental experience, we are always in the hands of a friendly, professional family. Dental hygiene, education, and a spectrum of dental care give us good health. Even the front and back office staff are the best.Having relocated several times, we are delighted to have found a practice that uses not only the latest technology and diagnostics, but also engages the friendliest professionals among all our medical and service providers. In Traverse City, a mecca for excellent medical services, that is high praise."- R.H. / Google / Mar 17, 2017
"My parents took me here as a kid and I can't remember really ever having a complaint as a kid. After nearly a decade's lapse in dental work with no more parents' insurance and just all in all being anxious at the dentist and unable to ever calm my twitching muscles and nerves, I had some tooth pain and decay that was out of control and went with the cheapest option I could find on google's "Dentist's near me." I got what I paid for: A rushed job, treated like just another num...ber, stuck in the waiting room for an hour multiple times... I went back to Dr. Yancho after almost another year of hesitancy after that. What a world of difference. First off, for those just looking for this: When it's advertised as, "Pain free" this practice means it. I just had a total of 6 fillings done in the course of a month and didn't feel a bit of pain the entire time. The work is so well done that after the numbness wears off, even the soreness and potential pain you're expecting is minimal to absolutely nothing. And speaking of the work, it's so well done I can't tell where the fillings even are. My fiance commented immediately, "Oh, they look SO much better!" I'm thrilled with the outcome of finally getting in and getting this done. Outside of the chair, the hygienist team and front office and desk staff are all absolutely some of the nicest and friendliest people you'll interact with! They know what they're doing, keep everything moving fluidly, and make sure you know what's going on and are as comfortable as can be. They work with multiple insurances and hugely helpful to those without insurance: they accept Care Credit. If I'm getting dentistry work done for the foreseeable future, it's definitely going to be at Dr. Yancho's office. I highly recommend you do as well if you're on the search."- J.R. / Facebook / Feb 28, 2019
"Retiring to Traverse City from downstate required finding a new dentist. Dr. Yancho has been just the BEST! I would highly recommend him and his staff to anyone seeking a caring, pain free dental experience. I have had my share of dental work over many years and I can honestly say my experiences here have been the best ever. My three grandchildren go here as well and never complain about going to see Dr. Yancho."- C.L. / Google / Feb 06, 2019
"Dr. Yancho and his crew are absolutely fabulous! They are kind, thorough with exams, patient and compassionate. My entire family goes to Dr. Yancho and I would never dream of going somewhere else. I recommend this practice to everyone that I know. I have never met a dentist that is as concerned about our comfort during procedures as Dr. Yancho is. Going to the dentist can be a scary thing for many of us... but it's not an issue here."- J.K. / Facebook / Dec 15, 2018
"Dr. Yancho and his crew are absolutely fabulous! They are kind, thorough with exams, patient and compassionate. My entire family goes to Dr. Yancho and I would never dream of going anywhere else. I recommend this practice to everyone that I know. I have never met a dentist that is as concerned about our comfort during procedures as Dr. Yancho is. Going to the dentist can be a scary thing for many of us... but it's not an issue here."- J.K. / Google / Dec 15, 2018
What to Expect
Typically, nitrous oxide is combined with oxygen for safer results. To begin sedation, the dentist places a nasal hood over the patient’s nose and the patient is instructed to breathe normally through their nose in order to inhale the gas. The nitrous oxide will start working within a few minutes and the patient will begin to feel light-headed. After that, the patient will notice a tingling sensation, usually in their arms and legs, or a vibrating feeling that is followed by a warmth through the body. Once the gas takes full effect, the patient should experience a sense of euphoria, or well-being. Unlike other forms of sedation, the dentist can determine the exact amount of time that the nitrous oxide is needed. Therefore, it can be switched on and off at any given time, depending on the patient’s needs.
Once the dentist has stopped the supply of nitrous oxide, the gas should leave the body within 3 – 5 minutes, which means that the patient should have no "hangover" effect, and is safe to drive home after the procedure. Since nitrous oxide is a relatively safe form of sedation, there are usually no negative side effects associated with the gas. In rare instances, a patient may report slight nausea. If a patient is prone to nausea, it is suggested they eat something before receiving nitrous oxide.
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Is Laughing Gas for You?
When you contact our office to schedule an appointment, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding sedation. We can walk you through the process and discuss the advantages and disadvantages. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation to see if nitrous oxide is right for you.