Nitrous oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is a common form of sedation dentistry that is used to relax patients and relieve both adults and children from dental anxiety. The sedation effect is minimal and allows patients to remain conscious, but calm throughout the dental procedure. It is a safe and effective way to treat patients who have been avoiding the dentist out of fear. If you or someone you love is in need of dental treatment, but feeling nervous, call Dental on Central at (602) 266-1776. Our dentists can discuss using nitrous oxide as a solution to your dental anxiety or needle phobia.
Once the nitrous oxide is decided to be the right choice of sedation for a patient, the dentist will hand the patient a mask. The patient will then breathe in a mix of half nitrous oxide and half oxygen. The sleepy and relaxing effects will come on quickly, and as long as the mask stays on. Once the procedure is completed and the mask removed, the side effects will wear off quickly. Oftentimes, patients are able to wait, then drive home. However, there are times when a ride home will be required.
Nitrous Oxide, also known as “Laughing gas”, is a non-toxic, safe and effective form of sedation dentistry. It would be extremely difficult to lethally overdose on the substance. The gas has no color, almost no smell, and will not cause irritation to the nose or mouth. It’s considered to be among one of the safest drugs used in dentistry. Children and pregnant women are even able to use it safely. In some instances, such as with people who gag easily, nitrous oxide actually makes dental procedures less risky. Other potential benefits include:
However, there are individuals who shouldn’t use laughing gas. These include people who are unable to breathe through a mask, who suffer from psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, those who are sensitive to nitrous oxide, and individuals who have been diagnosed with emphysema or another lung condition. Other disadvantages include:
Yes, in most cases patients may drive after laughing gas. Although, they are required to wait until they are fully alert. Oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes following the procedure in order to flush out any remaining gas. The effects often wear off immediately, however, patients may have to wait 15 minutes or more.
For further information on sedation dentistry and nitrous oxide, or to schedule a free consultation or appointment with our nitrous oxide dentist in Phoenix, please contact us by calling (602) 266-1776 or filling out our online contact form.