How is Nitrous Oxide Used?
Dentists may recommend nitrous oxide gas during certain dental procedures to help a patient feel more relaxed. It’s both tasteless and odorless (although some people say it smells like whipped cream). If your dentist feels laughing gas will be beneficial, it’s mixed with oxygen and administered through a small mask that covers your nose. You will be asked to breathe normally as the gas begins to take effect.
Within a short time, you may feel light-headed with a tingling sensation in your arms and legs. Some people describe feeling “heavy.” In addition to helping you feel more at ease and comfortable, nitrous oxide allows you to remain awake. You are still able to hear, respond, and interact with your dentist during your procedure. Another benefit of nitrous oxide is that its effects wear off as soon as the mask is removed.
Which Dental Procedures Call For Nitrous Oxide?
Because it is safe, with little to no short term or long term side effects, nitrous oxide can help dental patients during dental procedures such as:
- Dental Implants
- Root canals
Your doctor will go over your medical history, any allergies you may have, whether you are pregnant or have a chronic respiratory condition, and other criteria to make sure that you are an appropriate candidate for nitrous oxide.
How Common is Nitrous Oxide for Dental Use?
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes nitrous oxide as an appropriate technique to help ease anxiety and promote better communication between patients and their medical providers. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 89% of dentists who provide pediatric care and 58% of all dentists administer nitrous oxide to qualifying patients.
Many Reasons to Smile at Newtown Dentistry!
Nitrous oxide is simply one example of many services we provide patients to help them feel more comfortable. From our climbable treehouse and cozy atmosphere to our skilled and knowledgeable dental team, and more—we are always looking for ways to make your dental experience a positive one.
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