Nitrous Oxide has been used in dentistry for years and years. It is one of the quickest and safest methods of sedation dentistry that helps patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout their procedures. No matter what type of treatment is being completed, nitrous oxide can almost always be requested by the patient. Many people don’t realize that they can ask for it even during a simple visit like a cleaning!
The way nitrous oxide is delivered (inhalation) makes the rapid onset and termination of the gas very straightforward and easy to achieve. For most people, breathing in the gas combined with a rich oxygen airflow is easy. The only time it is typically contraindicated is when the patient has a difficult time breathing through their nose, due to allergies or sinus congestion. Within about 5 minutes, most patients begin to feel their muscles relax, and a warm feeling through their fingers and toes. From children to adults, nitrous is useful on patients of all ages! Many children that have laughing gas during their procedure never even realize that they are receiving anesthetics or having their tooth prepared. As soon as the treatment is completed, patients are placed on 100% oxygen for at least 5 minutes. This allows all nitrous oxide gas to clear their respiratory and circulatory systems, and for the effects to be completely reversed. Adults are capable of driving themselves home or back to work.
It is extremely safe to use nitrous oxide in the dental office. Only licensed professionals can monitor a patient that has been given nitrous by the dentist. A team member will sit with the patient at all times, constantly monitoring vital signs until the use of the gas has been completed.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Hamir Contractor, Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
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