Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. “Laughing gas” is a mild sedative. By inhaling a combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen, you can achieve a pleasant, tingling sensation. Patients often listen to relaxing music with this method to help keep their mind and body relaxed further. The inhaling technique for administrating nitrous oxide makes it an ideal dental sedation option for children and people who fear needles.
Nitrous oxide sedation is a safe and effective form of dental sedation and has been used in dentistry to help manage anxiety and discomfort for over a century. It is a type of conscious sedation, meaning that you will feel relaxed and comfortable while also remaining awake and responsive during your treatment. Our dentists may recommend nitrous oxide if you:
- Suffer from dental anxiety or phobia
- Have a strong gag reflex
- Have difficulty remaining still for longer periods of time
- Have special needs
When you receive nitrous oxide, our dentists and team will place a small mask over your nose. As you inhale, the nitrous oxide will help you feel more relaxed. Our dentists and team will monitor you closely and may adjust the level of your sedation depending on your needs. One of the great benefits of nitrous oxide is how quickly it works and how quickly you recover — you will feel the effects of the gas within a few minutes, and the gas is completely eliminated from the body within a few minutes of when you stop inhaling it. This quick recovery allows you to safely and legally drive yourself home following your treatment.
If you have any questions or would like to learn if nitrous oxide sedation in Chicago, Illinois, is right for you, call Family Dental of Lincoln at 773-561-5106 and schedule a consultation.