NITROUS OXIDE

Mild Sedation for Dental Anxiety

Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative to help with dental fears and give you a stress-free appointment.

NITROUS OXIDE

Mild Sedation for Dental Anxiety

Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative to help with dental fears and give you a stress-free appointment.

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Nitrous Oxide

Living with Dental Anxiety

It’s no secret that many people have some amount of fear and anxiety when it comes to going to the dentist. Some people may have had a bad experience in the past, while others might have a fear of the sights and sounds of the dental office. Others may have anxiety that they can’t explain.

At Avenue Family Dentistry, we cater to patients who feel this way by taking extra time with each of our patients, providing gentle treatment, and being compassionate with our patients.

Avoiding dental appointments can negatively affect your oral health. Missed appointments, postponed treatment, and infrequent dental cleanings all put your health at risk. You may even find that you develop more serious conditions due to neglect. Periodontal disease, decay, fractured teeth, and infections often lead to unplanned emergencies resulting in greater anxiety, pain, and stress.

If you are avoiding the dentist because you are fearful, there is an option available that can help you relax during treatment. Nitrous oxide, often referred to as “laughing gas,” is a mild sedative that is safe for most patients.

At Avenue Family Dentistry, Dr. Paul Perez and Dr. Elizabeth Crapanzano offer sedation with nitrous oxide for patients who need help relaxing. You will remain fully conscious and able to communicate, but will feel a notable level of calmness.

How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?

Administered through a small nose mask, nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas. You will experience a calming effect after breathing it in for just a few minutes. We can control the level of sedation throughout your procedure, and once we stop administering it, you will feel normal in just a few minutes.

What Are the Advantages of Nitrous Oxide?

There are many advantages that come with using nitrous oxide, including:

  • It works rapidly, with relaxation coming within a few minutes of administration.
  • The depth of sedation can easily be altered from moment to moment, with the changes occurring almost immediately.
  • Patients will not have residual effects after using the gas because it is eliminated from the body so quickly.
  • Patients are safe to drive afterward because the gas clears the system almost immediately.
  • There are minimal side effects, with nausea occurring very rarely.
  • There are no allergies associated with nitrous oxide.
  • Because it calms anxiety, patients may find it easier to get numb when anesthetic is necessary. Anxiety can often delay the effects of local anesthetic.
  • It greatly diminishes the “gag” reflex in most patients.

Contact Our New Orleans Dental Office to Schedule

If you have anxiety when it comes to dental appointments, we can help! Call us today to make an appointment with Dr. Perez or Dr. Crapanzano.

MEET OUR DOCTORS:

Paul C. Perez

Paul C. Perez

DDS

Dr. Paul Perez is a New Orleans native through and through. Dr. Perez was a Jesuit Blue Jay and a member of the Louisiana State University Tiger Band. Prior to starting dental school, Dr. Perez obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Dr. Perez was awarded the Robert F. Eastman Memorial Award for excellence in Operative Dentistry and Biomaterials at graduation. Dr. Perez is an active member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and New Orleans Dental Association. Dr. Perez has been awarded the honor of being one of New Orleans top dentists in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Dr. Perez’s weekend hobbies include watching the Saints and LSU play football, cooking good meals, and spending time with his family.

Elizabeth Crapanzano-Perez

Elizabeth Crapanzano-Perez

DDS

Dr. Elizabeth Crapanzano was born in New Orleans and raised on red beans and rice. She graduated with a Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Prior to starting dental school, she attended Loyola New Orleans where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design. She continued her education at the University of New Orleans where she received her Masters in Business Administration in Health Care. Dr. Crapanzano is an active member of the American Dental Association, Louisiana Dental Association, and New Orleans Dental Association. Dr. Crapanzano’s weekend hobbies include boating, cooking good meals, and spending time with her family.

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Dr. Perez is an excellent dentist. He is fast, efficient, and painless! He has made my teeth look great without over-recommending treatments. I have been to many dentists and he is hands down the best in New Orleans. His staff is great too- Darlene, Carrie and Amanda. They are all friendly and great at what they do. My whole family goes to Dr. Perez and you should too!!