It’s quite common that many of us find the idea of dental surgery to be a truly horrific experience. There are a lot of misconceptions arising from the discomfort and pain felt both during and after the surgery, and surgery complications being present. It is quite common for people to find dental care quite daunting, however there is an alternative solution.
Nitrus Oxide (NO2) gas dentistry can be used to help those who find the surrounds of a dental clinic uncomfortable and disorientating. By the use of NO2 the patient prior to surgery, dentists can proceed with minimal disruption on your treatment. This is also a perfect alternative for those who may feel discomfort, anxiety or stress in the during treatment.
What is sedation gas dentistry?
NO2 gas dentistry is also known as laughing gas. This describes the “happy” feeling that the person who has been sedated feels after the process. The gas is a compound of oxygen and nitrous-oxide, and is inhaled through a mask placed over the patient’s mouth.
When the dental procedure is finished, this gas is flushed out of the body, and leaves no lingering side effects.
What are the benefits of sedation gas dentistry?
NO2 gas dentistry can calm any anxiety or stress that a dental patient may have, and it also works as an anesthetic on its own. This helps the numbing process for more involved surgeries, such as a wisdom tooth extraction.
NO2 gas is also beneficial for children, who may be facing their first dental procedure. The soothing effect can help the child cope with the confronting nature of the surgical procedure. It will also allow the dentist to continue with their work safely and without interruption.
What do I have to do before the surgery?
Whilst NO2 gas dentistry is completely safe, it is advisable to avoid eating a heavy meal prior to the procedure as you may experience some nausea.
During the procedure, you may feel a slight tingling sensation on your lips and tongue. This is completely normal, and is a minor and reversible side effect of the gas itself. Patients may also experience a relaxing or dreaming feeling. This again is evident of the gas working, and will remove itself after the gas flushing process.
Where can I find out more?
To find out more about NO2 gas dentistry, please feel free to call us on (03) 9702 0234. Our experienced dental practitioners can provide you with further details about the gas.