Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide Sedation in Scarborough

Nitrous oxide (N2O) is a gas which you can breathe in. It’s colourless, sweet-smelling, and nonirritating. After five minutes or so of breathing in the gas, you should feel a euphoric feeling spread throughout your body. Some people describe this feeling as “happy” or “intoxicated”, and some get the giggles.

Lawrance Warden Dental Clinic uses nitrous oxide to ease anxiety that patients may have toward dental treatment, and it also offers some degree of painkilling. The benefits of nitrous oxide are many, and the risks are few.

The gas is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose, and the patient is instructed to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. As a precaution, patients should not eat anything for about two hours prior to use of the gas. After the patient is relaxed and sedated, the dentist can comfortably give the anesthetic injection (if needed), and then proceed with dental treatment.

After the treatment is completed, the patient is given pure oxygen to breathe for about five minutes, and all the effects of sedation are usually reversed. Unlike IV sedation or general anesthesia, the patient can almost always leave the office by themselves, without an escort.

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