You might know nitrous oxide better as ‘laughing gas,’ a name that derives from the euphoric and sometime giggly effect nitrous oxide is known to have. Chances are at some point in time you or someone you know has had to have a dental procedure. While Kanata dental procedures are not always enjoyable, there are some options to help the procedure be as pleasant as possible. While freezing and anesthesia are both viable options for avoiding pain, nitrous oxide offers an invasive and effective alternative. Although nitrous oxide sounds like a serious sedative or drug, this is hardly the case.
Here are some things to know about laughing gas:
What Is It?
Nitrous Oxide (N20), better known as laughing gas, is a gas made from a mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen. It is colourless, odourless and painless. Nitrous oxide works to relieve pain, reduce gag reflexes and provide comfort without any negative side effects. Kanata dental practitioners do not use nitrous oxide to put patients to sleep, as patients will still be awake, aware and able to respond to questions (although responses may be slurred slightly).
What Does It Feel Like?
Most often, patients who are being sedated via nitrous oxide will feel calm, warm and euphoric. They might also notice the following sensations:
- Numbness in your mouth
- Muffled sounds
- Heaviness or lightness
How Does It Work?
The blended mixture of nitrous oxide and oxygen is admitted through the body via a fitted mask which is placed over the nose. After the Kanata dental practitioner places the mask over the nose, he or she will ask the patient to simply breathe normally and after a matter of minutes the nitrous oxide will take effect, leaving a calm and euphoric feeling. When the procedure is completed, the Kanata dental professional will give the patient just oxygen for a few minutes and afterwards the patient will be back to normal with no lingering effects.
Who Can It Be Administered To?
Nitrous oxide is a safe enough sedative for anyone, even children. While your Kanata dentistry may suggest it for serious dental procedures, those with dental phobias may be administered nitrous oxide for routine procedures in order to ease their fear and anxiety.
Before having nitrous oxide administered, it’s important to inform your Kanata dentistry of the following:
- If you are taking any medications
- If you have recently suffered any injuries
- If you have any medical conditions
- If you have any respiratory issues
- If you have had any recent surgeries
There are several benefits to using nitrous oxide as a sedative; however, you should always talk to a practitioner at your Kanata dentistry to see if nitrous oxide is the right option for you. Your dentist will review your medical history and find the best and most comfortable solution for you dental experience.