Also known as laughing gas, Nitrous Oxide is an effective and safe sedative that is combined with oxygen and typically inhaled via a mask that sits over your nose. It is an odorless, colorless gas that has been used for hundreds of years in both dental and surgical anesthesia.
Can you still feel pain with laughing gas?
Nitrous Oxide does have an element of analgesic effects, but it is not designed to be used as the only form of anesthetic.
However, if you are having a treatment that could arouse pain or discomfort, then Dr. Roulston will usually ensure you also have a local anesthetic to numb the pain at the site of the treatment.
Essentially, this type of sedation will slow down your nervous system, and the resulting effect is that you will feel slightly less inhibited, calmer, and worry-free.
Why does Dr. Roulston use nitrous oxide?
Nitrous Oxide is effective, safe, and works quickly to help patients feel calmer and less anxious.
When a patient breathes pure oxygen through a mask, this helps the effects of the Nitrous Oxide wear off quickly. When using this type of sedation, a patient is still able to clearly communicate with Dr. Roulston. Any side effects are minimal and will quickly wear off.
If you suffer from dental anxiety or you are nervous about a particular procedure, nitrous oxide sedation is a safe and effective way to help you feel at ease and relax before your treatment.
What are the side effects of Nitrous Oxide?
Once the Nitrous Oxide is switched off, a patient will receive oxygen via the mask to help avoid any headaches. This will help purge any remaining gas from a patient’s lungs, and it can also help the patient feel more alert, quicker.
Nitrous Oxide has been used in dentistry since the late 1800s. It is a safe, effective, easy to administer technique with virtually no downsides. It is particularly advantageous for nervous patients and can help transform how they feel before, during, and after having treatment at our office.
If you want to discuss using dental sedation as part of your treatment, please speak with Dr. Roulston at your next appointment or call our friendly team for more information.