If you suffer from mild to moderate anxiety when visiting the dentist then one way that we can help is by administering nitrous oxide. Also known as happy gas, this type of sedation gives the patient a certain feeling of euphoria – hence the ‘happy gas’ title. It’s designed to suppress the senses like hearing, touch, and more importantly… pain, so any feelings will be greatly minimised.
The technique involves breathing in small amounts of nitrous oxide along with oxygen. As such, nausea or other side effects rarely occur. Therefore, it’s ideal for nearly all dental patients both young and old.
• Involves breathing in Oxygen and Nitrous Oxide
• Lowers pain sensitivity and gives you a pleasant level of sedation
• Patients remain conscious and able to co-operate during procedures
• The effects wear off very quickly after treatment
• There are normally zero after effects
Effects of Nitrous Oxide
When used for conscious sedation, nitrous oxide might have one or more of the following effects:
• Relaxed feeling in your body
• Warm feeling throughout your body
• Pleasant feeling
• Laughing or extreme happiness
You might also feel:
• Tingling in your mouth, hands and feet
• Numbness in your mouth, hands and feet
• Heaviness or lightness in your body
• Changes in the way you hear sounds
Can everyone use Nitrous Oxide for Sleep Dentistry?
Nitrous Oxide can be used by most people, however there are certain medical conditions and other factors that may need to be taken into consideration.
Breathing Problems – People with breathing problems or a blocked nose cannot receive Nitrous oxide. Because the gas goes into your lungs through your nose, these must both be clear.
Lung Conditions – Nitrous oxide isn’t recommended for anyone who has bronchitis, emphysema or a severe case of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Pregnancy – Use of any drug, including nitrous oxide, when pregnant should happen only after your dentist speaks with your obstetrician.
Children – Nitrous oxide is safe for children, however they must be able to cope with a mask being placed over their face, or the nose piece being inserted. They must also be able to breathe through their nose and follow the dentist’s instructions.
Medications – It is important to tell your dentist about any other medications you may be taking, including over the counter medications and supplements. If you take medicine for psychiatric conditions, talk to your doctor and dentist before receiving sedatives.
Discuss Your Options
If you have questions or would like to discuss any of our treatment options in greater detail, contact us today to book a consultation. Our friendly team will help you understand the options available to you and any potential risks that may be involved.