Dental treatments can make people feel uneasy. Nitrous oxide also called laughing gas, is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas that you are made to breathe. Nitrous oxide will make you feel completely relaxed but in a responsive state. It has been used as the primary means of sedation in dentistry for a very long time. In order to eliminate pain, local anesthesia will be administered in combination with nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide helps in removing any feelings of nervousness or discomfort and makes the whole process seem to pass more quickly.
Nitrous oxide is a safe form of sedation dentistry in which the patient will be able to receive 50-70% oxygen with about 30% nitrous oxide. The patient can breathe on their own and stay in control of all bodily functions. The patient may experience mild amnesia and fall asleep without remembering anything that happened during their procedure.
The advantages of using nitrous oxide are as follows:
If you are suffering from some chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), then you won’t be allowed to utilize nitrous oxide. You won’t be permitted to use it if you have any kind of exotic chest problems, emphysema, a cold, M.S., or any other breathing difficulties. You can ask your dentist to have a “5-minute trial” so that you can see for yourself how you might feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding any further.
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