Nitrous oxide is a sweet smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that you can breathe. It has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. It is safe in the concentrations used in the dental office and is delivered in combination with oxygen.
Patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions. They may experience mild amnesia and not remember all of what happened during their appointment.
The Many Advantages of Using Nitrous Oxide
Depth of sedation can be altered at any time by increasing or decreasing the concentration of nitrous oxide flowing through the mask No after effect such as a "hangover" Safe with no side effects on your heart, lungs, etc. Very effective in minimizing gagging Works rapidly, reaching the brain within 20 seconds. In as few as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop. You are able to drive immediately after being placed on 100% oxygen for 5-10 minutes after the dental procedure.
Reasons to Not Use Nitrous Oxide
Though there are no major complications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold, or other breathing difficulties.
You may ask your dentist for a 5 minute trial to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding with it during your dental treatment.
Nitrous Oxide Alternatives
Nitrous oxide works well for most patients needing some help in relieving dental anxiety during their treatment. We do, however, offer other options that can be used separately from or in conjunction with nitrous oxide to allow customization according to your needs. If you experience any level of dental anxiety, our team would be happy to explain and help you decide which relaxation methods will make your experience as pleasant and comfortable as possible.