Nitrous Oxide is a sweet-smelling, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe. This has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many years.
You will be able to breathe on your own and remain in control of all bodily functions. You may experience mild amnesia or fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during the appointment.
There Are Many Advantages to Using Nitrous Oxide
- The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
- There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
- Inhalation sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.
- Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
- Nitrous Oxide works rapidly, as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little as 2-3 minutes, its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.
Reasons to Not Use Nitrous Oxide
You should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use it if you are pregnant, have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold, or other difficulties with breathing.