If you often have second thoughts while visiting our dental clinic for your treatment, you are not alone. Many people remain fearful about their consultation. The use of dental instruments, swelling, long hours of the procedure, and pain may put a lot of you in anxiety. But fret not; we use nitrous oxide and ensure that the procedure is carried out smoothly while making you feel comfortable.
Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a safe and effective sedative agent used at our clinic to make you feel more comfortable during otherwise overwhelming procedures.
It doesn’t put you to sleep. You can hear us and respond to our requests and directions. You may also breathe normally with your nose. We mix nitrous oxide with oxygen and mask it on your nose. Within some minutes, you may start feeling the effects of the gas.
What Does Laughing Gas Do?
Laughing gas doesn’t make you laugh. It works by slowing down your nervous system, thereby making you feel less inhibited. You may feel tingling in your arms and legs, and your head may feel light-headed. You may also feel a little heaviness in your arms and legs a few minutes after inhaling the gas.
The effects of laughing gas make you calm and comfortable throughout the procedure. Expect some giggling while we treat your teeth for the problem.
What Are the Benefits of Laughing Gas?
This form of sedation
is a safe and effective method to reduce your fear and anxiety concerning your dental treatment. Laughing gas works on your body and makes you feel relaxed within minutes. At the same time, its effects wear off quickly. After the procedure, we let you breathe pure oxygen through a mask to curtail the effects of nitrous oxide.
What Are the Uses of Laughing Gas?
- Laughing gas is a good form of sedation for patients who are anxious, fearful, or uncooperative during their treatment.
- Patients with special health care requirements are also suited for this type of sedation.
- We will sedate you with laughing gas if you suffer from gag reflexes so that it stops interfering with dental care.
- If you do not respond enough to local anesthesia, we may administer nitrous oxide before the procedure.
- Laughing gas is also suitable for younger patients who have to go through complicated dental procedures.
Can Children Inhale It?
The use of laughing gas is safe and effective for children. They may feel a little warming and tingling sensation after inhaling the gas. In children, the use of laughing gas speeds up lengthy procedures.
Please reach out to iTooth Family Dentistry in Springfield, MO, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robbins. Call us at (417) 883-8515 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.