Your Comfort In Mind
At Dr. Whipple’s office, we understand that some patients have had traumatic experiences in dentistry or have other anxieties about their treatment. Your Tigard dentist strives to make each patient comfortable and to meet your individual needs. For our patients with anxiety, sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide may be the answer.

What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option Dr. Whipple may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions he may have.

What Are the Effects of Nitrous Oxide?
Dr. Whipple will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you at your next appointment.

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Reversible Numbing
Everyone has had some local anesthetic (numbing agent) that hangs around a little too long. Now, thanks to Oraverse, we can remove that uncomfortable sensation for you! Oraverse removes the numbing effect of the local anesthetic once you are done with the procedure so that you can eat and speak as you normally would and get on with your day!

Please contact us today if you have any questions about sedation dentistry.