There are many reasons why people around the world avoid visiting the dentist as often as they should. Some patients have endured a traumatic experience as a child or have had painful dental care. Sedation dentistry involves the use of nitrous oxide to put anxious and fearful patients at ease so they will be more likely to seek the pain-free treatment they need.
Sedation dentistry with nitrous oxide (N2O) is safe and effective for kids and adults. The odorless, colorless, non-irritating gas is combined with oxygen and inhaled through a mask. Also known as laughing gas due to its euphoric effect, N2O is commonly used in dentistry to reduce and block pain, enhance comfort and relieve anxiety.
The amount of N2O that is administered is controlled and monitored closely by the dental care provider to ensure safety. Once the gas is inhaled the patient will instantly start to relax and no longer register pain. While the patient is in this calm, sedated state, the dentist is now able to perform the necessary dental procedure without inducing any distress.
When the dental treatment is completed, the face mask is removed and the sedating effects of the nitrous oxide begins to dissipate. If no other anesthesia was received, patients are usually capable of driving themselves home safely and resuming normal daily activities.
Children who are afraid of dentist visits are great candidates for sedation nitrous oxide, especially those in need of extensive dental procedures that might require several appointments. Sedation dentistry allows your child to be more comfortable and relaxed.
Nitrous oxide sedation is recognized by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, as a very safe and effective technique for treating children. The mild gas is taken in easily and is eliminated from the body quickly by simply breathing normally. There is no loss of consciousness and all natural reflexes remain active.
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