What is Nitrous Oxide?
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is used as a sedation method to relax the patient during treatment. The odorless gas works quickly and effectively while being easily reversed once the mask is removed. The patient remains awake but experiences a calming effect.
When is Nitrous Oxide Needed?
Nitrous oxide can be used during a more invasive procedure or just a regular teeth cleaning to reduce fear and anxiety. Talk to your dentist about your anxiety or concerns when it comes to dental treatment. You might be able to benefit from nitrous oxide for improved comfort.
Nitrous oxide is a safe and preferred method of sedation for children. Many children have a fear of the dentist or are nervous about an upcoming treatment and can benefit from nitrous oxide for a positive, relaxing experience. Creating positive experiences for children is important to ensure that they develop good oral health habits at a young age by keeping up with regular checkups.
Sedation with nitrous oxide is not for everyone. Those who are pregnant, suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, have a cobalamin deficiency, or have a history of drug addiction might not be candidates for receiving nitrous oxide. Talk with your dentist about your medical history to determine if you are a good candidate.
What to Expect During Treatment with Nitrous Oxide
To receive nitrous oxide during treatment, a mask will be placed over your nose. The nitrous oxide will work quickly to deliver a relaxing, calming effect. Unlike deep sedation, you will not be put to sleep. Some people experience a light-heading feeling or tingling in their arms and legs. During treatment, the nitrous oxide levels can be adjusted as needed. Once treatment is complete, the mask will be taken off and the effects will quickly wear off. For a minority of patients, side effects such as headache, shivering, nausea, and fatigue might be experienced after receiving laughing gas, but these are mild and should resolve quickly. In most cases, it is safe to drive yourself home after receiving treatment with nitrous oxide.
Don’t let fear and anxiety stop you from receiving the dental treatment you need. Contact IKON Dental Group to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khan and find out if you could benefit from nitrous oxide sedation.