What Is Nitrous Oxide?

By February 8, 2016 Blog, Sedation Dentistry No Comments

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as happy gas or laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and delivered to patients through a small mask that fits over their nose to help them relax during a dental treatment.  It was first discovered in 1793 by the English scientist Joseph Priestly and has been used for more than 15 years, making it one of the most widely used anesthetic in both dental and medical settings. Also known as dinitrogen oxide, it is a colorless and nonflammable gas with slight dose of sweet odor and taste.

Common Form of Sedation Dentistry

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Have you very been to a dentist? If yes then you’re probably familiar with nitrous oxide, often called wet air. It is a common form of sedation dentistry that produces a euphoric effect during dental procedures to provide relief from dental anxiety in both children and adults.

Nitrous oxide is administered through the nose and exhaled through the mouth, eliminating it form the body instantly. A mask is placed over the nose of the patient before performing any dental treatment to facilitate dentist to work without interruption.

Nitrous oxide is not intended to put you to sleep and you’ll be able to hear and respond to requests your dentist may have. The gas takes effect in just a few deep breaths within a few short minutes, making patients feel:

  • Calm, comfortable and relaxed
  • Less anxious about their treatment
  • Reduce pain response
  • Sensation of warmth in the body
  • Sleepy
  • Tingling in the arms and legs

How Nitrous Oxide Works?

Pharmacokinetic properties in nitrous oxide brings a very rapid effect and the relaxation, pain killing properties develop after only 2 minutes after it is inhaled. The effect raises the patient’s tolerance to pain and suppress the signals to the brain, allowing them to experience dental treatment without pain. It also produces euphoric feeling to help patients deal with dental anxiety or phobia.

Advantages of Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is one of the most convenient methods in sedation dentistry. Patients who receive nitrous oxide can drive themselves home after the appointment for dental implants, bridges and many more. Some of the other benefits include:

Proven safety record

  • Fast-acting
  • Minimal side effects
  • Reduces saliva flow and diminishes gag relax
  • Improve your comfort during the procedure

Who Can Benefit From Nitrous Oxide Dentistry?

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Other than a few patient groups who are contraindicated to the use of nitrous oxide, all the other can take advantage of nitrous oxide sedation dentistry, most importantly the following:

  • Adult patients who have dental phobia.
  • Children who are afraid of the dentist and are non cooperative.
  • Special needs patients who have functional and cognitive deficits.
  • Patients who are seeking for an alternative to local anesthesia.
  • Patients who have hyperactive gag reflexes.
  • Anyone who wants to experience comfort during dental treatment.

Contact us today to learn more about a multitude of benefits nitrous oxide has to offer and other sedation dentistry services in Crowley. We’ll be happy to discuss your options and work out the right treatment plan for you.

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