Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas”, is a mild form of sedation that is delivered with a mixture of oxygen through a nose mask, as the patient breathes in and out normally. When the procedure is over, the nitrous oxide gas is turned off but oxygen will continue to flow through the mask for 3 to 5 minutes so that the gas is flushed from the system. Nitrous is safe to use during treatment and once the gas is turned off, it is completely out of the body. There are no lingering effects.
Is Sedation Dentistry For You?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way of completing your root canal needs in a comfortable and pain-free environment. Dentists have used sedation medications for many years to relieve fear and apprehensions associated with dental appointments, however, sedation dentistry isn’t only for patients who are nervous about dental procedures.
Sedation dentistry helps patients who:
- Experience pain because of sensitive teeth
- Have difficulty controlling their gag reflex
- Do not respond well to numbing medications
- Have difficulty controlling movements
- Special needs