Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Laughing gas may not be exactly what you think. Its proper name is nitrous oxide, and it doesn’t exactly make you laugh.
While it may not give you constant roaring belly laughs, it’s a safe and highly effective sedative given to patients about to undergo dental procedures. Nitrous oxide is a mild sedative given by a dentist before dental procedures. It’s mixed with oxygen and delivered to the patient through a tube, connected to a mask, which rests on the patient’s face, covering the nose and mouth. In Weehawken, nitrous oxide may be given to patients who:
Experience anxiety or fear about dental procedures
Have a sensitive gag reflex
Are younger and have trouble sitting still
Have to sit through a long procedure
Can’t receive other forms of anesthesia
What are the benefits of nitrous oxide sedation?
Promotes Wakeful Relaxation
In Weehawken, we use nitrous oxide to put patients into a state of relaxation without putting them to sleep. They are calm during the procedure but can still answer any questions the dentist might ask them.
It provides effective pain relief minutes after inhalation. These effects last throughout the duration of the procedure until the dentist is finished and uses pure oxygen to diminish the effects of the gas.
Even those with the most severe anxiety will likely experience the anti-anxiety effects of Weehawken nitrous oxide.
Kicks In and Wears Off Quickly
Nitrous oxide takes effect almost instantly. There’s no waiting around before the procedure so patients don’t have to anticipate it more than they have to. Since it also wears off quickly, it’s one of the few anesthetics that allow patients to drive themselves home after the procedure.
If you’re concerned about an upcoming dental procedure and you would like to find out how we use nitrous oxide sedation in Weehawken, book an appointment and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.