Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation Is a gaseous mixture administered by a nose piece that is inhaled by the anxious patient to create a more relaxed feeling during the dental appointment. Please note that adult patients may still require additional injection anesthesia . Most times in Pediatric patients , uncomplicated restorative procedures can be done with the gas alone , eliminating the need for injection anesthesia, thus eliminating fearful behavior in first time patients.

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Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is one option your dentist may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. Your dentist will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

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