Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. Sometimes referred to as laughing gas, is best suited for cases of mild anxiety and is the most frequently used sedation method. Nitrous oxide has been in use in Dentistry since 1844! During nitrous oxide sedation, you remain conscious and able to breathe on your own.
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
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 should not use Nitrous Oxide if you are pregnant.