Nitrous oxide use in dentistry has been a good solution for patients who fear dentists or dental work. Dental fear even has names such as dental phobia or dentophobia. So, if you’re afraid of receiving dental care, you’re not alone, but the good news is there are ways to make your dental experiences less frightening and more pleasant.
What Is Nitrous Oxide?
NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) explains that nitrous oxide is an inhalation anesthetic used in dentistry and also in emergency centers and ambulatory surgery centers. It’s very safe with few side effects and an excellent way to provide minimal sedation for anxious dental patients. Nitrous oxide is also referred to as laughing gas. It’s called laughing gas because it makes you insensitive to pain and sometimes makes people laugh.
What Does It Feel Like Under Nitrous Oxide?
There are no needles used and a mask is placed over your nose. As you breathe in your nose and exhale through your mouth, the nitrous oxide induces a state of relaxation. Nitrous oxide is a natural gas that has a sweet smell and it doesn’t irritate your tissues. It has a minimal effect on your respiratory and cardio systems. The dentist may have you breathe 100 percent oxygen afterward to help you feel normal again.
The effects of it only keep you sedated while you’re breathing it and wear off quickly. Also, you are conscious while it is being administered and during the dental procedure.
Consequently, once the procedure is finished, you don’t have to worry about coming out of anesthesia or other types of side effects. You can get back to your busy life.
If you have trouble breathing through your nose, are pregnant or have certain other medical conditions, your dentist would not use nitrous oxide, and he will ask you about certain physical conditions beforehand.
Discuss your dental concerns at Hutto Hippo Family Dental with Dr. Baker. He’s glad to help you and explain effective treatment options.