Inhalation sedation with nitrous oxide is a safe, proven and widely used throughout the world method of sedation during dental treatment. The treatment becomes actually pleasant - without pain, without fear and without bad memories.
Fear means that dental treatment often becomes an unpleasant chore. Bad memories and experiences mean we avoid visits or we put them off. Nitrous oxide helps to overcome fear and anxiety, leaving a pleasant feeling of relaxation. This method is effective even in very difficult cases of dental phobia. Patients describe sedation as "calm floating a in a pleasant dream-like state".
Is nitrous oxide safe?
Of course, the use of nitrous oxide is safe. The gas can be used for both children and adults. It doesn't cause allergies, it doesn't irritate mucous membranes and it doesn't act on the central nervous system. What's important, the patient while under the influence of gas stays conscious, aware and in control of their reactions and senses.
The mixture of oxygen and nitrous oxide commonly called "gas and air" or "laughing gas" is administered through an inhaler over the nose. During the procedure, patients feel tingling in their hands and feet, warmth, ringing in the ears, a state of euphoria, as well as lightness or heaviness. After about as little as 3 minutes after the end of the treatment, the effect of gas completely stops. You can go home almost immediately.
Sedation cannot be given to patients who suffer from: runny nose, swollen adenoids (airway obstruction), severe lung disease - bronchiectasis, emphysema, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, porphyria, myasthenia gravis, malignant hyperthermia, alcoholism. It also cannot be administered to women in the 1st trimester of pregnancy.