All About Nitrous Oxide
One of the most commonly used sedatives in dentistry is nitrous oxide, often referred to as laughing gas. It provides an effective technique in sedation dentistry, allowing patients to feel carefree and happy and pain-free. If used correctly by qualified dentists, nitrous oxide is a safe and valuable sedative.
Nitrous oxide is typically used when patients experience mild to moderate anxiety or fear when seeing the dentist for treatment. The gentle sedative properties of this gas helps patients who are not in extreme panic, but simply need calming.
One appealing thing about nitrous oxide is that it is administered by inhaling it through a mask placed over the nose. There are no needles required, which is a great benefit to many nervous patients. Another plus is that patients remain awake and aware of the environment during treatment, but are no longer anxious or upset about what is happening.
Some additional benefits of nitrous oxide include:
• The sedation level may be adjusted at any time during treatment.
• Since the healthcare professionals have control over the nitrous oxide at all times, it is a very safe choices and nearly impossible to overdose.
• It works quickly, with the calming effects taking place in under three minutes of being administered.
• Lengthy or complicated dental procedures can be performed while the patient is content and often unaware of the time spent in the dental chair. This also increases the dentist’s ability to perform multiple procedures in one visit.
• Nitrous oxide is safe for patients with medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and epilepsy.
Talk to your dentist at Bassett Creek Dental if you have any questions regarding Nitrous Oxide.