Friendly Dental Professionals
Dr. Bridges is known among our patients for his calm and kind chairside manner. He takes time with each individual, listening to their specific goals and concerns. He makes sure patients understand their options and are comfortable with their treatment.
Our entire team embraces a patient-centric philosophy. Dentistry is more than a job to us; it is our passion. Many of our team members participate in dental charity events when they are not at the office. We enjoy improving the lives of those we meet through compassionate care, and we believe each individual should be treated as family. Each staff member is trained on the latest technologies and techniques, so we can offer you the most up to date and effective procedures in dentistry.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide gas is administered through inhalation, typically through a mask or nosepiece. Dr. Bridges can regulate the amount of nitrous oxide you are given, administering more or less as needed. Once the mask is in place, you will be asked to breathe normally. In approximately three to five minutes, you should begin to feel the effects of the gas. Nitrous oxide is not designed to put you to sleep, although some patients become so comfortable that they nap throughout their treatment. Typically, you will be able to respond to any directions given during the procedure, but you will feel extremely relaxed. Most patients report a tingling sensation in the arms, legs, fingers, and toes. You may also feel heavy, like you are sinking into the chair.
One of the best aspects of nitrous oxide is that you can still drive yourself to and from the dental office. Once your procedure is over, Dr. Bridges will administer 100 percent oxygen to flush your system and return you to a normal state. After approximately 10 minutes of pure oxygen, the effects of the nitrous oxide should wear off.