Nitrous Oxide or Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Nitrous oxide is also known as ‘laughing gas’. It’s a sedative agent mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask to help with anxiety, fear, relaxation, and a gag-reflex. It’s a common form of conscious sedation (commonly used in root canal procedures) that produces a euphoric effect. It’s provided during dental procedures to relieve dental anxiety in both children and adults.
Nitrous oxide oral sedation is one of the safest sedation forms available in endodontics and it’s mainly used in conjunction with a local dental anesthesia, which is still necessary to numb your mouth during oral surgery. You will recover from the effects of nitrous oxide long before the numbness from local dental anesthesia wears off. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable through all the procedure and you will also be able to safely drive home or do anything normally after your appointment. It is also very safe for children because it’s non-addictive and the patient remains fully conscious, keeping all their natural reflexes.
But of course, like any drug, there are pros and cons to using ‘laughing gas during’ dental procedures:
When administered correctly (by an specialized endodontist), nitrous oxide sedation is a safe, effective way to eliminate dental anxiety. If you're avoiding the dentist out of fear, nitrous oxide can help you get the professional dental care you need. If you live near Cypress Tx., this might be your lucky day! Contact us for further information and make an appointment to receive the best dental pain-free treatment you could ever have!