Sedation - Inhalation Conscious Sedation (Nitrous Oxide)
Nitrous Oxide and Oxygen (laughing gas) has been used as the most frequent and primary means of sedation used in dentistry for many years, 35% of all dentists offer Nitrous Oxide sedation to their patients.
- Advantages for Dental Inhalation Sedation:
- Works well for anxiety
- Rapid onset
- Flexible duration can be used for any appointment length
- Absolute control. It is easy to quickly control the level of sedation which may be altered moment to moment
- People recover quickly
- Very few side effects
- There is an analgesic effect
- You can drive yourself to and from your dental appointment
- You can return to normal activities immediately
- Disadvantages of Dental Inhalation Sedation:
- Severe anxiety may require a deeper level of sedation (IV sedation or General Anesthesia)
- Not indicated for people who have a respiratory problems (Asthma and Emphysema)
- Claustrophobic patients do not like anything covering their nose
- What medications are used for Dental Inhalation Sedation?
- Nitrous Oxide (N2O)
- Oxygen (O2)
The safety features of the machine insure a patient receives no less that 30% oxygen mixed with nitrous oxide. Usually the patient receives 50 - 70 % oxygen.
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