Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Walnut Creek, CA

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What Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?

If you have skipped dental visits due to anxiety about the dentist, we invite you to learn more about nitrous oxide sedation at Life Dental & Orthodontics. Our practice in Walnut Creek, CA provides nitrous oxide sedation for complex dental procedures to help individuals with dental fears and anxieties remain relaxed during standard visits. Nitrous oxide (N2O) gas, commonly known as laughing gas, is offered to keep you awake yet comfortable. Schedule a consultation for more information on using nitrous oxide or another form of sedation during your appointment.

How Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Administered?

Before the procedure begins, the nitrous oxide gas will be administered through a mask. As you inhale the gas, you will quickly begin to feel relaxed. A member of our team will observe your response to the gas, as well as your vitals, and adjust the volume as needed throughout the procedure. You may notice a tingling sensation in your outer extremities and a feeling of warmth, euphoria, or well-being as the gas kicks in. Nitrous oxide is normally used in conjunction with a local anesthetic, like lidocaine, to deaden sensation. When the procedure is complete, the gas will be shut off, and the effects will begin to fade immediately.

Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.

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Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!

J.R. Google

I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!

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A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.

D.M. Google

Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Innovative Sedation Options for Your Comfort

If you are avoiding routine dental appointments or you are ignoring oral pain due to anxiety, please consider scheduling an appointment with us for more information about nitrous oxide sedation at our dental clinic in Walnut Creek, CA. Our highly trained staff will gladly answer your questions and ease your concerns about the use of nitrous oxide sedation at Life Dental & Orthodontics.

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