Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative that helps patients relax during dental treatments. It is inhaled by the patient and takes effect almost immediately, alleviating pain and stress during treatment. The gas has a relaxing effect without causing drowsiness or grogginess afterward. However, some patients may still feel slightly groggy when waking up from treatment.
At Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants, the dentist will place a mask over the nose during a typical procedure to administer the nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is safe for children and adults, making it an excellent option for patients who need a little help relaxing at the dentist’s office.
Who Benefits From Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Patients of all ages can benefit from nitrous oxide because it helps them relax before and during dental treatments. Children are particularly susceptible to feeling nervous when sitting in the dentist’s chair. Additionally, some patients experience anxiety with needles and other sharp instruments used in dentistry. This is especially true for patients with low pain tolerance and a low threshold for discomfort. Laughing gas helps them get through an otherwise uncomfortable procedure. At times, laughing gas should not be used, including in patients with respiratory problems like emphysema. Your dentist can help you determine whether you could benefit from this treatment.
How Does Nitrous Oxide Sedation Work?
During nitrous oxide sedation, the patient inhales a mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide through a face mask. The combination creates a euphoric feeling in the patient, which relaxes them throughout their procedure. Generally, patients feel no pain and remember little of their appointment afterward. Patients may also choose to undergo oral conscious sedation with nitrous oxide sedation. This beneficial combination allows the patient to be deeply relaxed during the appointment and awake and clear-headed once it’s over.
The Benefits of Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Quicker Recovery Time
No lingering grogginess after the procedure like you’d experience if you were under the effects of a more potent drug like oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. Most patients can drive themselves home after nitrous oxide sedation.
The effects begin almost immediately after you inhale the gas and are monitored closely by the dentist throughout treatment to ensure your safety.
Safe for All Ages
Nitrous oxide sedation can benefit children and adults. Pediatric dentists often administer this mild sedation to calm young patients during dental treatments.
Nitrous oxide sedation is conscious sedation that allows the patient to relax deeply. To learn more, visit Lagos Periodontics & Dental Implants at 36945 Cook St Building I Suite 101, Palm Desert, CA 92211, or call (760) 568-3421. We can discuss your options for oral sedation and help you determine if nitrous oxide suits you.