Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedation agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.
Indications in Dentistry
Nitrous oxide is indicated to decrease the pain and anxiety associated with procedures
It is offered by pediatric dentists to assist in inducing amnesia, as well as increasing analgesia, relaxation, and cooperation in younger patients.
Indications in adult dental patients include anxiety, low pain tolerance and hyperresponsive gag reflexes.
Patients with severe nasal congestion
Those who breathe through their mouths
Those unable to wear a nasal mask.
Some patients, especially children experiencing severe anxiety or extreme uncooperativeness, may not be good candidates for this milder therapy and may require more potent sedating intravenous or general anesthesia.
What would you feel
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” helps make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. The dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.