What is Nitrous Oxide Sedation?
Nitrous oxide, an odorless and colorless gas, also called laughing gas, can make you feel more comfortable during your appointment. Nearly all patients can have nitrous oxide and patients who have used it report very few, if any, side effects. It's one of the safest anti-anxiety/dental phobia techniques available. During your dental procedure, nitrous oxide is administered by placing a soft rubber hood over your nose though which you receive the gas. You simply breathe in and out through your nose as you would normally breathe. If you are like most patients, you'll begin to feel the nitrous oxide take effect within 3-5 minutes. Following treatment, the effects of this gas are completely reversed within 3-5 minutes, simply by breathing normally. In fact, you will be able to safely drive home or to work following your appointment.
Is Nitrous Oxide Sedation Safe?
As mentioned above that nitrous oxide is nearly an ideal form of anxiety relief in today’s majority of dental practices. Research of decades on the effects of nitrous oxide sedation indicates that this sedation procedure is extremely safe.