Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.
Nitrous Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. Nitrous oxide is safe and the patient receives up to 50-70% nitrous oxide with no less than 30% oxygen.
The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.
The patient may fall asleep and/or experience mild amnesia, not remembering all of what happened 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.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects and no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- It works rapidly, and 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). Although there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you have emphysema, chest problems, M.S., a cold or other difficulties with breathing. If you have any other conditions for which you have been advised that you should not be sedated for dental procedures, please inform our office.