99Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
You may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during your appointment
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, and purges the system in about 4 minutes after 100% oxygen is given. We begin giving pure oxygen to purge the system at the end of your appointment for approximately 10-15 minutes. By the time you leave the office you ready and able to drive and go on with your day.
There are many advantages to using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
Though there are no major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing.
You may want to ask your dentist for a “5 minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.