Nitrous Oxide Sedation Dentistry
Nitrous Oxide or Laughing Gas
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of mild sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30%-50% nitrous oxide.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.
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.
- it is extremely safe and effective on kids
- it is 100% reversible within seconds
- There are zero restrictions after it’s use
- Patient can drive home after, we recommend to wait 20min before operating a vehicle
We use nitrous oxide frequently in our office, we use it on our anxious adults to relax them, and we use it very routinely on kids to eliminate the use of anesthesia which means they will not get the needle to get their treatment done. Dr. Zogby was trained to do this technique 2008, since then this has been a huge advantage for kids getting treated at Fairview Mall Dental Centre. Kids leave without a numb face and have treatment done without a needle. Kids and their parents love this technique and appreciate their friendly experience in our office.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other 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.