Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. In the past, Nitrous Oxide had been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Although not as commonly used, Nitrous Oxide can reduce anxiety and discomfort when used in conjunction with a local anesthetic.
Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no less than 30% nitrous oxide.
Patients are able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
Patients may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep 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.
The use of Nitrous Oxide may not be available in all locations. We are be happy to discuss the use of Nitrous Oxide at your appointment.
Reasons to not use Nitrous Oxide
You should not use 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, other chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing. Use of laughing gas may cause nausea in some patients.
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.
Please call one of our convenient offices with any questions or to schedule an appointment.
St. Louis City Office
Chippewa Dental Group
6680 Chippewa Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109
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