Nitrous oxide sedation is a safe and effective way to help apprehensive patients receive prompt and quality dental care. The combination of inhaled nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oxygen helps to reduce pain, fear and anxiety associated with dental procedures. Adult and child-sized masks are available, catering for patients of all ages and sizes. Children can even request for masks with their preferred scent!
Benefits of using Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- Produces a calming effect. Some patients experience a dreamy or floaty feeling. Others get "the giggles", hence nitrous oxide is commonly known as "laughing gas".
- Decreases discomfort and anxiety for the patient. Patient will feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
- Works rapidly, reaching the brain within 20 seconds, with relaxation and pain-killing properties developing after 2 or 3 minutes.
- Allows for quick recovery with no “hangover” effect. The gas is eliminated from the body within 3 to 5 minutes after the gas supply is stopped.
- Inhalation sedation is very safe. The drugs used have no ill effects on the heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, or brain.
- Cheaper than general anaesthesia.
- Allows high quality dental work to be carried out.
When to use Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- For fearful and apprehensive patients
- For patients with hyperactive gag reflex
- For patients having lengthy procedures
- For patients who want to feel as comfortable as possible during treatment
What to expect during Nitrous Oxide Sedation
- You will be awake throughout the procedure.
- You can hear and respond to the dentist, who will be asking you questions and giving you instructions throughout the procedure.
- A mask will be fitted to your face and positioned for you to inhale the gas through your nose. The dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose.
- Within a few minutes, you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. Your body should be relaxed and you will feel calm and comfortable.
- Dental treatment will start once the effects of nitrous oxide sets in.
- The mask will be removed minutes after dental treatment is completed.
- The effects of nitrous oxide will wear off soon after the mask is removed.