Nitrous oxide sedation

IconIn the case of sedation dentistry, you would find tons of different options to be presented in front of you. However, in current times, nitrous oxide sedation, aka laughing gas, seems to be the most popular option. In this kind of sedation procedure, you as a patient would be completely relaxed. However, you would also be alert enough to respond and follow through the instructions which would be given by the dentist during the course of the procedure. In fact, it has been shown to be quite helpful for patients and children who tend to suffer from phobias about dental visits.

So if you are thinking about undergoing any sort of dental procedure sometime in the near future, it would be a good idea to know more about nitrous oxide sedation. “The more you know”you would be able to judge for yourself if it would indeed be suitable for you or not.


You would not be that surprised to find out that nitrous oxide is also referred to as laughing gas. One of its major benefits would be that this gas could be inhaled. As a result, it would be recommended for patients who would tend to have a fear of needles. Also, since it is a gas that we are talking about, it would tend to reach the brain quickly in order to arrive at a state of relaxation. So, depending on the type and duration of dentistry procedure that you would be undergoing, Dr. Powell and his team of experts would easily be able to adjust the amount of gas that you would be inhaling. This type of control would also help to reduce the possibility of you getting overdosed. The addition of oxygen would also help to lengthen the amount of time nitrous oxide would be administered.

Once laughing gas would be stopped, it would leave your body fairly quickly. Five minutes after the gas would be discontinued, it would be completely gone from your body. As a result, you would be able to drive back home without needing a companion for your safety.

The best part about nitrous oxide sedation is that seems to be suitable for almost anyone. This would also include people with pre-existing conditions such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Since it also tends to be non-allergenic, people with skin issues would also not need to be worried about it.


Just like there seems to be a lot of benefits for nitrous oxide sedation, there would be some downsides as well. Firstly, this would not be ideal for people who would tend to become nauseous while taking nitrous oxide. Patients who would find wearing oxygen masks highly inconvenient would also not seem like good candidates for this form of sedation. It should also be avoided by women who would be in their first trimester of pregnancy.

Therefore, if you are not sure if nitrous oxide sedation would be a good option for you or your children, feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you and answering all the questions that you might have.

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