What is Nitrous Sedation?
Nitrous oxide is a sedative gas that can be administered to relax you during dental appointments. This colorless gas has a slightly sweet odor to it and is ideal for patients of all ages. The amount of nitrous oxide administered varies from one patient to another, so it is safe and effective for each patient it’s used to treat. You may request nitrous oxide at any of your appointments so that you feel more relaxed during treatment.
Why is Nitrous Sedation needed?
Most patients request nitrous oxide sedation because they are nervous about being at the dentist and want to relax during appointments. Nitrous oxide puts you into a drowsy, dissociative-type state where you feel relaxed and comfortable. Children may benefit from nitrous oxide if they are nervous or panic during appointments. Delivered nitrous oxide is easily and quickly done in-office.
What makes you a good candidate for Nitrous Sedation?
Nitrous oxide sedation is ideal for most patients. Even pediatric patients can benefit from this sedation option as it is safe and customized to each person. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off quickly, but it is still important to have someone else bring you to and from the office when having it administered. We can discuss your sedation options prior to having any type of treatment done in our office.
What can be expected with Nitrous Sedation?
Before treatment is started, we will administer nitrous oxide. This is done by placing a small mask over your nose. The gas is then slowly pushed through the mask, where you will breathe it in. You can expect the gas to have a very slight sweet odor to it. You will begin to feel relaxed and drowsy, making the subsequent procedure seem unimportant and distant to you. The effects of the gas will wear away shortly after the procedure is done. We monitor you before, during and after sedation is administered and recommend having a loved one bring you home after your dental appointment.
If you’re interested in nitrous sedation or need to know more about this option, call us today and we will help to answer your questions.