Getting nitrous oxide for your dental appointments
Laughing gas can be used for minor procedures (i.e. cleanings/hygiene visits). It is a mild anesthetic comprised of 50% nitrous oxide and 50% oxygen.
With nitrous oxide, you can experience several benefits:
- Minimized anxiety during your dental appointment.
- Less pain/discomfort during the appointment.
- Quick recovery time since it acts quickly and wears off quickly, too.
- No driving restrictions after your appointment (you can even go back to work after your appointment).
If you are overly anxious or have dental phobias, nitrous oxide may be used in combination with oral conscious sedation. This combination helps patients feel completely relaxed and at ease during the appointment. The combination produces a more deepened level of relaxation, while still being awake and fully conscious.
Is nitrous oxide right for you?
Most patients are candidates for nitrous oxide. The depth of relaxation can actually be adjusted depending on your level of anxiety.
How does a patient receive nitrous oxide?
While sitting in the dental chair, nitrous oxide is delivered through a simple nosepiece that is connected to oxygen and nitrous lines. Patients take normal breaths through the nose.
While patients don’t laugh (as the nickname implies), he or she will feel a pleasant euphoria with feelings of warmth, security, and a slight numbness.
Nitrous oxide may be the best solution to "take the edge off" for your next appointment. If you are interested in learning more or if you’d like to see if nitrous oxide can be given at your next appointment, call Blevins Dentistry today.