Nitrous Oxide

Many patients suffer from a fear of visiting the dentist, which is actually very common. This can be for many reasons; from bad experiences visiting the dentist in the past to a worry that the treatment may be painful or uncomfortable. Sometimes their fear is so great that they simply go without dental treatment.

We want you to be able to relax during treatment so you can stop putting off dental visits and possibly damaging your oral health. Dr. Dhulab makes it a priority to ensure that your visit to our office is as comfortable as possible. If you have a particular phobia, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange an appropriate form of dental sedation for you.

Dental sedation comes in many forms and is simply an effective method of anxiety control that makes treatment more bearable for patients. Types of sedation that are commonly used during dental procedures are oral sedation, local anesthesia, and Nitrous Oxide. These types of sedation do not involve putting you to sleep like a general anesthetic, but it will put you in a nicely relaxed state, free from pain and still able to communicate with us at all times. Nitrous Oxide is a very mild way to facilitate dental treatment and a preferred method for many of our patients.

 

What Is Nitrous Oxide?

Also known as ‘laughing gas’, Nitrous Oxide is a very mild form of sedation used by most dentists and can be safely administered to both adults and children. If you are generally a nervous patient, but without a severe phobia, this may be the best form of sedation for you.

Nitrous Oxide has been used by dentists for many, many years and is still the most common
form of dental sedation used today. The gas, known as N2O, is mixed with oxygen and creates
a sedative administered through a mask worn over the nose in order to be inhaled by the
patient.

 

How Is Nitrous Oxide Administered?

The mask is connected to a supply of compressed gases that is carefully controlled by the dentist. The Nitrous Oxide will flow from the cylinder through tubes to your mask. Dr. Dhulab will be carefully watching the gauges to make sure you are receiving the correct amount of gas needed throughout your procedure. As you inhale the gas, you will be asked to exhale it right away and continue to breathe normally through your nose.

Almost immediately you will begin to feel rather drowsy and very relaxed. A member of our team is by your side at all times to make sure you are completely comfortable. As long as the mask is worn, the pain relieving effects of the gas can be felt. Once treatment is finished, and we stop the Nitrous, the sedation will wear off immediately. You will feel completely normal. This means that there are no long lasting effects on you at all.

 

Will The Gas Knock Me Out?

No. This is a mild form of sedation and not intended to put you to sleep, meaning you will be able to hear and communicate with the dentist during the whole procedure.

 

Are There Any Side Effects?

There are few side effects associated with Nitrous Oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. Some tingling and numbness may be felt in the arms and legs and occasionally this becomes a heavy feeling in them. Light-headedness is often experienced as well and is considered perfectly normal, though this will wear off almost immediately after removing the mask and none of the effects will be felt long term.

For over a century the use of Nitrous Oxide mixed with oxygen has been considered a very safe and effective way to alleviate mild to moderate fear and anxiety, and as a means of pain management within dentistry. A course of strict comprehensive training is given to all dentists in order to administer this form of conscious sedation. At Idlewild Family Dentistry we use Nitrous Oxide properly and in a safe environment in order to ease any fears and facilitate a quick, painless procedure to patients of all ages. Dr. Dhulab is more than happy to take the time to address any and all concerns you may have and to consult with you about your individual needs, including when it comes to pain management.