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
"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
"My wife and I are extremely pleased with our experiences with Dr. Yancho and his staff. We joined their dentistry a couple of years ago based on a private referral. I had an abscessed tooth removed and needed an implant. Dr. Yancho preformed the implant with literally no pain or even discomfort! Bonus - His cost was over $800 less than the estimate from our previous dentist. Also, a had a history of boarder line periodontal disease which made for very painful/bloody cleanings every 6 months. Dr. Yancho recommended a comprehensive treatment plan which I agreed to. I have had 2 cleanings since the treatment completion with no pain or bleeding! My gums are noticeably healthier. (Footnote - I had never even been approached about addressing this with previous dentists other than I needed to brush and floss better). Also, I can't say enough good things about Angie, the dental hygienist that helped me through everything. She has been extremely helpful, making sure I understood all of the details, explaining my responsibilities, all to ensure a positive outcome. It is such a pleasure to have finally found a dentistry that truly cares about our total welfare!"- D.M. / Google / Sep 25, 2021
"Yancho Dentistry is a fantastic dental practice. The staff are courteous and inviting. Dental hygienists are not only professional but demonstrate superior compassion in ensuring that the patient is at ease throughout the procedure. Dr. Yancho is both down-to-earth and extremely passionate about the patient experience. Procedures are explained fully, questions are answered, and patient comfort is top of mind. My family and I live in Kalamazoo and choose Yancho Dentistry in Traverse City for our Dental Health. I’m grateful that Dr. Yancho and his staff are a part my overall health team!"- J.K. / Google / Sep 17, 2021
"Had a crown put on and it was genuinely the best dental experience I've ever had. Everyone in the office is so nice, and Dr. Yancho is just fantastic. I highly recommend him!"- A.A. / Google / Jun 22, 2021
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.