Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax with the effects of nitrous oxide wearing off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to your dentist about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Landmark Dental Centre’s use of Nitrous Oxide, commonly referred to as laughing gas, is used as sedation for patients to keep calm and comfortable during dental treatments. Nitrous Oxide can be administered to healthy patients through a breathing mask and inhaled by the patient throughout the treatment. This can be a valuable benefit for those who find themselves very uncomfortable or afraid of undergoing necessary dental treatments.
The use of Nitrous Oxide can be a beneficial option for patients of many ages; however, there are certain health conditions that are considered a factor in who can and cannot be administered it.
Nitrous oxide is a good choice for a range of patients who experience anxiety or who are unable to stay still in the dentist’s chair. Some of the most likely candidates for nitrous oxide sedation include:
If any of the following conditions apply to you and you are considering Nitrous Oxide for your treatment, you will need to consult your dentist and your doctor prior to use:
Don’t worry if Nitrous Oxide is not an option for you… Landmark Dental Centre offers Oral Sedation options. If you have questions about your options, please let your hygienist, CDA, or dentist know at your next appointment or prior to treatment.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a light form of dental sedation. Your dentist will administer the nitrous oxide through a mask that’s placed over your nose. As the gas is inhaled through the nose, you perceive less pain and experience feeling of euphoria. Once the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide wears off almost immediately with virtually no effects or recovery time.
Before you arrive at the office for your treatment using Nitrous Oxide, you should eat lightly.
When your dental professionals are ready to begin the procedure, you will be given a mask that will administer the Nitrous Oxide. The Nitrous Oxide will be colourless and odorless, and it should begin working soon after placing the mask on.
Throughout your procedure, your Landmark Dental team will be checking in with you to monitor your comfort levels and can adjust the levels of the Nitrous Oxide being inhaled at any time.
When your procedure has been completed, you will be given Oxygen through the mask for several minutes to remove any remaining Nitrous Oxide from your lungs to regain alertness and avoid headaches.
Sedating a child for dental treatment allows the child to be treated in a less anxious state. Children usually do not remember the details for the procedures which can help them to come back for further treatments and also to avoid the fear factor that can lead to dental phobias in adults.
Your dentist at Landmark Dental Centre may recommend the use of laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide, during your child’s next visit for dental treatment because…