The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Nitrous Oxide (N2O) Sedation Dentistry in South Bend, IN

Not everyone is a fan of visiting the dentist. In fact, some people are so afraid of stepping into a dental office that they simply avoid doing so for years. However, these individuals need to understand that skipping dental appointments is very detrimental to their teeth, since regular dental cleanings are the key to having healthy, cavity-free teeth. Only a dentist can remove the plaque and bacteria that regular brushing and flossing misses, as well as spot the early signs of dental disease. Luckily, for people who are afraid of the dentist or have a severe gag reflex that keeps them from being able to handle tools in their mouth, our South Bend dentists offer sedation dentistry options that can help them stay calm during dental work.

When patients choose N2O sedation, the dentist will place a mask over their face and administer a non-allergenic, non-irritating gas that will place them in a state of relaxation that will allow them to feel calm and collected during the procedure. As sedation goes, this is one of the safest options available. The goal of N2O sedation is not to put people to sleep, but to allow them to have a more enjoyable experience at the dentist that will keep them from feeling pain and anxiety. Patients will still be able to respond to any requests the dentist, all while remaining comfortable.

It is extremely easy to administer N2O. A dentist will simply tell patients to breathe normally into a mask, and then within three to five minutes they will be able to feel the N2O take effect. There might be some light-headedness or tingling when the N2O is administered, but other than that there is little discomfort associated with this gas. In fact, many people report experiencing well-being, euphoria and/or floating.

The best part is that all a patient has to do is breathe normally following a procedure for the effect of N2O to wear off. This process just takes three to five minutes before a patient is feeling normal again. It’s important for patients to feel comfortable to visit the dentist every six months. This is why people should look into all of the options our South Bend dentists can offer that will allow them to have a comfortable experience at the dentist.

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Patient Reviews
I found the care to be of the highest quality, both in terms of dental care and attentiveness to patient care. Notably, Sam. who was my primary dental assistant, was especially outstanding in all […]
Edward C.
Friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable
Serica E.
The service was excellent from the moment I walked in. The entire staff had a genuine, welcoming smile and seemed to care about every client. I have rarely seen such authentic friendliness and caring […]
Lori H.
Marge was great. She tried several different X-rays to see what my issues were. Dr. Metzler is great. I don’t want to see anyone else.
Jane B.
Always a great experience.
Rebecca T.
Friendly, on-time service.
Gene P.
I’ve always had great experiences with the hygienists and Very happy with the work dr metzler does…. They all seem to genuinely care about the patient.
Debbie H.
Everyone is fantastic!
Janus H.
Deanna is very thorough and does an excellent job explaining the work being performed. The hygienist that shares work space with Deanna has cleaned my teeth in the past and is great as well.
Jeff J.
I enjoy the smiley faces and the friendliness every time I walk in for my appointment….
Lavern W.
Dr. Stakem is very kind. I have had a lot of work done lately and it has been quick and painless.
Tracey K.
Friendly staff and they cared about my dental needs.
Ariadna R.
Everybody is so friendly. I love this place!
Nick R.
Great customer service at the check in check out office. Great hygienist – Marge. Great dentist!
Florencia A.
Good people mmm
Victor K.
The gentle care given and the wonderful people that work there.
Gretchen M.
Prompt service, little wait time, great hygienist
Monica N.
Good service
Dorinda B.
Dental and office staff are very professional, friendly and punctual. As a working professional, I appreciate the timeliness and efficiency and expertise during my visit. I wouldn’t go anywhere […]
Carol G.
The doctor and her assistant were great. I had a reaction to the lidocaine and they took care of me in a very comforting way!
Janus H.
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Fri. – 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Phone: (574) 367-7000
Fax: (574) 245-7530
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  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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