Stay calm and positive



Stay calm and positive

What is conscious sedation with nitrous oxide?

Nitrous oxide, also known as “laughing gas,” is a sweet-tasting, colourless and odourless gas thathas calming and relaxing properties. It is used with oxygen to decrease stress and fear. During a dental procedure, the patient is conscious and can respond appropriately to verbal and physical stimuli.
What are the objectives?
  • Reduce or eliminate anxiety

  • Limit movement, behaviours and inappropriate reactions

  • Encourage communication and cooperation

  • Increase the pain threshold
  • Increase tolerance for long-duration procedures

  • Decrease the gag reflex

  • Facilitate the administering of quality dental care services

  • Promote a positive response, well-being and safety

What are the indications?
Treatment is indicated in the following cases:
  • If the patient is fearful and anxious, but is willing to cooperate

  • If the gag reflex is interfering with dental care
  • If the patient is cooperative but it is a long procedure

  • If the patient is preschool-aged and cannot cooperate

What does the patient feel during the procedure?
  • Relaxation

  • Decreased stress and anxiety

  • Numbness and tingling in the extremities
  • Decreased pain
  • Sense of well-being and satisfaction

  • Pleasure and possibly a desire to laugh

  • Impression of floating or lightness

Is nitrous oxide safe?

Completely! Nitrous oxide is considered to be the safest sedative agent for controlling anxiety during dental procedures. 
It is a fast-acting, weak anaesthetic that is completely eliminated from the body after the session, since the effects disappear within 3 to 5 minutes without any trace of residual sedation. It is the only form of sedation that allows you to resume your regular activities, such as driving your car right after the appointment.

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