About Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous oxide is an extremely gentle form of sedation that has been used for well over 100 years. A patient simply breathes in the colorless, odorless gas, and after a few minutes, a warm blanket of mental and physical relaxation will envelope them. It’s an excellent option for someone who just needs a little help during their dental visits. Once a procedure is over and the mask is removed, its effects wear off almost instantly, enabling a patient to immediately go back to their day.
Safe, Gentle, and Effective Dental Sedation
You may have heard about certain sedation techniques used in dental offices in the past, including “laughing gas,” as nitrous oxide is often called. If you’re feeling uncertain about this method of sedation or you simply want to learn more, Dr. Hamlet and Dr. La Mastra are always here to help. Those who only need a little push when it comes to their dental appointments can reap significant benefits with this incredibly gentle, yet effective form of commonly utilized sedation dentistry. Give us a call to see if nitrous oxide is right for you!
What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide is a safe and incredibly common sedative designed to help you keep calm throughout your dental treatments. While it contains nitrous, it also contains a steady stream of oxygen, which provides additional aid in helping you stay calm during your appointment. It is the mildest form of sedation dentistry that we offer and is ideal for those who experience mild anxiety or nervousness during dentistry services.
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How Does Nitrous Oxide Work?
Nitrous oxide is meant to be gently inhaled throughout the entire dental procedure, whether you’re receiving a restorative treatment or a basic cleaning. As you inhale the sedative through our dedicated nasal mask, you’ll begin to feel warm, relaxed, and prepared to complete your treatment.
One of the most common misconceptions about nitrous oxide is that it puts you to sleep. However, the only sedative that is meant to put you into a deep sleep is general anesthesia, which is largely used in hospitals. Nitrous oxide allows you to stay awake throughout your entire treatment, which means you will be able to talk with Dr. Hamlet or Dr. La Mastra if needed. We’ll do everything possible to ensure your comfort as you undergo your care.
While nitrous oxide is regularly inhaled through your appointment, the effects of the sedative do not stay with you after we remove the mask. This means you can continue the rest of your day without interruptions. With that said, it’s recommended that you give the sedative at least two to five minutes to completely wear off.
What are the Benefits of Nitrous Oxide?
There are many benefits to consider when using nitrous oxide. For example, if you have mild anxiety or experience nervousness during your appointments, nitrous oxide works to keep you calm without having to manage the side effects that often accompany stronger forms of sedation (i.e. oral conscious or IV sedation.)
Additionally, nitrous oxide is perfect for patients with a variety of concerns that aren’t related to anxiety. This includes those with:
- A sensitive gag reflex
- A low pain tolerance
- Many dental treatments to complete in one appointment
- Mental or physical impairments that make dental treatments difficult
Does nitrous oxide sedation sound like an option for your next appointment? Have a family member who could benefit from a relaxing sedative, especially if they have anxiety or feel nervous prior to their dental treatments? Give our office a call today!