Nitrous Oxide Sedation in San Diego, CA

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If you have let your anxiety or fear stop you from attending dental appointments and maintaining your oral health, then there's a chance you could benefit from the use of nitrous oxide sedation at our office, Finest City Dental. Our facility in San Diego, CA provides this sedation method for both complex dental procedures and to comfort individuals with dental worries during normal check-ups and exams. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas is a simple sedation option that helps you relax safely during your dental work. Also called laughing gas, nitrous oxide sedation is offered by general dentist Dr. Nick Dovey to keep you awake while being completely at ease. Set up an appointment with Dr. Dovey for more information on the use of sedation methods, like N2O, during your dental visits.

Best Candidates

N2O is an incredibly popular sedation technique that can be utilized with little risk on adults and children. Prior to recommending the use of nitrous oxide, Dr. Dovey will assess your concerns, current medications, and medical history to be sure that nitrous oxide gas is indeed a good fit for you. Nitrous oxide sedation can be utilized for lengthy or simple procedures and paired with local anesthesia to help decrease the potential for pain. Nitrous oxide sedation can also be used for fear or anxieties toward dental work that prevent you from keeping your regular dental appointments. Nitrous oxide gas may not be a good choice if you have extreme phobias, trouble breathing through your nose, COPD, or other similar health concerns.

What To Expect

Before the procedure is initiated, the N2O will be administered to you via a mask. As you take in the gas, it will act quickly and begin taking effect. Dr. Dovey or another member of his staff will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals. From there, he will adjust the amount as required during the appointment so you can stay at ease. You might notice a tingling sensation in your outer extremities, a feeling of well-being, warmth, and euphoria as the N2O begins to take effect. Nitrous oxide is usually used in conjunction with a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to deaden sensation. When the procedure is done, the gas is shut off and the effects will begin to fade immediately.


Recovery from nitrous oxide sedation is typically immediate because the medication is eliminated from the body in a matter of minutes. You will be ready to operate a vehicle and return to your daily activities as soon as you leave our facility. Side effects are not common, but you might experience sweating, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, or chills. Do not hesitate to call our team if you have any side effects that last longer than a few days. To decrease the chance of nausea, Dr. Dovey recommends that you consume a small meal or light snack prior to your appointment and then hold off about three hours after your appointment before eating a heavy meal.

Insurance Coverage

If you carry dental insurance, we will make sure to contact your carrier to obtain your existing coverage as it pertains to nitrous oxide sedation. This information will help us determine your expected costs prior to your procedure. For those who don't have insurance, Finest City Dental accepts several types of payment, which includes medical financing to help make your procedure more affordable.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

If you do not maintain standard dental appointments or you are suffering from oral discomfort due to anxiety, please consider scheduling an appointment with general dentist Dr. Dovey for more information about nitrous oxide sedation at our practice in San Diego, CA. Dr. Dovey and his experienced team will gladly answer your questions and ease your concerns about sedation at Finest City Dental.

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