Nitrous Oxide is one of the most well-known types of sedation that has been used for years in dentist offices. It is a sweet-smelling, colorless gas that can be breathed in on your own. You’ll remain in full control of every bodily function as it is a safe, non-irritating gas.
The treatment is 50-70% oxygen and no less than 30% Nitrous Oxide.
Nitrous Oxide may cause mild amnesia and you may fall asleep, causing you to forget everything that happens while you are in the dentist chair.
Advantages of Nitrous Oxide
- No after effects, such as feeling like you are hungover
- Inhalation sedation has no side effects on any part of the body
- Minimizes our patients gagging during any dental procedure
- The sedation can be altered at any time- Dr. Muneer can increase or decrease the amount as needed
- Fast acting- Nitrous Oxide only takes 20 seconds to reach your brain. Around the two-to-three minute mark, deep relaxation and pain-killing components develop
When You Shouldn’t Use Nitrous Oxide
If you have ever been diagnosed with COPD, let us know, as Nitrous Oxide will not be used on you. You may also not want to use Nitrous Oxide if you have emphysema, M.S., chest problems, a cold or other breathing problems.
Talk to Dr. Muneer or her staff if you have any questions about Nitrous Oxide. You can even request a “five-minute trial” to see how the drug works before you proceed with treatment.
When you’re all done with your visit don’t forget to check out our home care instructions to ensure your comfortability after a procedure.