Nitrous Oxide Sedation Sooth Dental Anxiety & Fear
Nitrous oxide sedation ("laughing gas") has been used as the most frequent and primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years. 35% of all US dentists offer nitrous oxide sedation to help their nervous patients.
Advantages of Nitrous Oxide Sedation:
- Works well for mild to moderate anxiety
- Rapid Onset
- Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
- Easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment
- People recover quickly
- Very few side effects
- There is an analgesic effect
- You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
- You can return to normal activities immediately
Disadvantages of Nitrous Oxide Sedation:
- Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation
- Not recommended for people who have respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
- Claustrophobic patients may not like the nasal mask used to administer the gas
What is Nitrous Oxide Made Of?
- Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
- Oxygen (O2)
The safety features of the machine insure a patient receives no less than 30% oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide. Usually, a patient receives 50 to 70% oxygen.