Gentle Family Dentistry & Dental Implants

Sedation Dentistry with Laughing Gas / Nitrous Oxide

Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide inhalation sedation has helped many people who have avoided dental treatment to overcome their dental anxiety. Relaxation dentistry can help you to receive the dental care you need.

Relaxation dentistry is an option for people who have:

Relaxation / Sedation Dentistry Options:

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available. It is a sweet-smelling colorless gas. Most people can a have nitrous oxide treatment. It is applied through a mask that fits snugly over the nose, approximately five minutes before the dental procedure. We can vary the depth of sedation depending on your level of anxiety.

This sedation dentistry method is safe and well established. It provides a comforting effect and the patient will remain awake, in control, and able to communicate. The gas tends to lessen anxiety, increase a patient's pain threshold, and reduce saliva flow and an overactive gag reflex that can be brought on by stress. Nitrous oxide is often used in pediatric dentistry.

How long do the effects of Nitrous Oxide last?

Nitrous oxide's sedation effect is felt within minutes, and the effect wears off within minutes after the gas is stopped. The sedation effect takes anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes to begin. The patients cheeks and gums will also begin to feel numb in about a third of the patients. After treatment, patients are free of the gas' effects.

Laughing gas precautions

Two hours prior to use of the gas, patients should not eat. Nitrous oxide has few side effects. However, high doses can cause nausea in some patients. About 10% of patients do not achieve a nitrous oxide sedation benefit. Patients who are claustrophobic or have blocked nasal passages cannot effectively use nitrous oxide.

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