What is Nitrous Oxide?
It is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless and non-flammable gas that can be breathed in. It is also known as laughing gas as it causes patients to feel calm and even laugh.
Why is it Used in Dentistry?
Nitrous oxide has been used as the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. It is safe to use as the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
While completely safe, the patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their treatment.
Advantages of Using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time, i.e.: it can be increased or decreased
- There are no after effects
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds
- Its relaxation and pain killing properties develop in as little as two to three minutes
- The patient is able to breathe on their own and remains in control of all bodily functions
Reasons Not to Use Nitrous Oxide
- You should not utilize nitrous oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Although there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or any other breathing difficulties
- Nitrous Oxide is not advised for women who are pregnant or suspect that they might be
We want you to be comfortable throughout your experience with us. To determine if nitrous oxide is the right choice for you, please schedule a trial with us prior to your procedure.