You may have actually heard of nitrous oxide sedation before. It is commonly referred to as “laughing gas”. If you’re feeling anxious about the dentist, this mild yet effective form of sedation can ease your nerves and get you through your visit. Here are 3 things to know about nitrous oxide sedation so you know exactly how it works.
1. Nitrous Oxide Has Been Used for Centuries
Medical professionals have used nitrous oxide for over two hundred years. It was first discovered in 1793, but to this day, it remains one of the most commonly used sedatives. Over the years, laughing gas has gained a reputation as one of the safest and most efficient forms of sedation.
2. Who Shouldn’t Use Laughing Gas
Although nitrous oxide is generally regarded as a safe way to manage pain and anxiety for patients, there are still people who should avoid it. That’s why your dentist will review your medical history and learn about any allergies you have or medications you’re taking before determining if you’re a candidate.
Consult your dentist for other sedative options if you:
3. It’s a Dentist’s Best Friend and Can Be Yours Too
Dentists love using laughing gas for a number of reasons. Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of all ages and is perfect for patients who might struggle with dental anxiety. It works in as quickly as 2 to 3 minutes and is safe. Another added bonus is that it is not invasive: no needles are required!
But the best part about nitrous oxide for dentists is how easily the depth of sedation can be adjusted. With the turn of a knob, your dentist can ensure that your visit is relaxing and over as soon as possible. And, because the sedative is so light, you should be able to go back to your day minutes after your appointment with no after-effects.
Nitrous oxide isn’t only for patients with dental anxiety. If you struggle with sitting still or feel overstimulated at the dentist’s, experience neck, head, or jaw discomfort, or need several dental procedures done in one appointment, laughing gas can make things easier and more comfortable.
About the Practice
At Omega Dental of Bedford, you have access to a comprehensive range of dental treatments all under one roof. Dr. Prashantkumar Gajera and Dr. Julyat Gajera are an incredible husband-and-wife team of dentists dedicated to your oral health and providing Tarrant County with the highest quality care possible. If you want more information about how nitrous oxide can help you get through your next dental appointment, you can contact Omega Dental of Bedford through their website or by phone at (817) 518-6915.