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Nitrous Oxide

What is nitrous oxide sedation?

Nitrous oxide sedation is a form of sedation in which the patient remains conscious, awake and in control throughout the duration of the dental procedure.

During the process of sedation, two gases are blended together, oxygen and nitrous oxide (N2O-O2). A mask is fitted over the patient’s nose to allow them to breath in the gases through their lungs.

Doses of nitrous oxide will differ between patients, depending on toleration, and their size. The dentist will determine the correct dosage for the patient.

What will I feel while under nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide is commonly referred to as “laughing gas” because of the way it makes people feel. Patients are often in a “happy state” while under the effects,

Nitrous oxide numbs pain and helps to repress the gag reflex of the patient. Many people under the effects may feel “tingly” on their extremities along with flushing of the face and sweating.

Following the treatment, nitrous oxide is flushed from the system by breathing pure oxygen for a short period. There are no lingering effects.

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Yes. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest sedatives used in dentistry.

It is safe, works fast and does not cause any allergies. The level of the sedation can be controlled by the concentration given to the patient, and the sedation can be stopped and reversed at anytime by administering oxygen to the patient.

Who will need nitrous oxide as a form of sedation?

For many people a trip to the dentist can be very stressful. Nitrous oxide is a safe, fast and effective way to decrease anxiety and stress in a patient. It will numb the teeth, however local anaesthetic may still be required for certain procedures.

What should I do before my appointment?

No fasting is necessary, however avoid heavy meals and milk drinks, and tell your dentist if you are having any respiratory problems.

If you are uncomfortable with the wearing of a mask also inform your dentist. From here the dental professional will decide whether it is right for you.

Call us today if you have any questions.

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