Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, has been an essential and dispensable part of dentistry for years. Dentists in Canada and worldwide have been using this form of conscious sedation for a long time. Nitrous oxide is a colourless and odourless gas, which has proven its efficacy as well as safety through the years. It is an excellent form of sedation for patients who feel anxious or uncomfortable during dental procedures. If you are downright scared at the thought of a dental appointment, laughing gas may be the answer to your overcome your fears and have a safe and comfortable dental appointment. Patients at Sherwood Dental, a Kitchener dentist office, have experienced the benefits of laughing gas as it relaxes them while they are in the dental chair. The clinic is equipped with the best in class conscious sedation options for patients with dental appointment troubles. If you are uncomfortable visiting a dentist, please us know, and we will take extraordinary measures to ensure you are comfortable while getting the dental treatment you need.
How Does Laughing Gas Work?
The use of laughing gas to put patients at ease has been documented since the early 1840s. It is a well-researched and verified method of sedation, which ensures its safety and efficiency.
During your appointment at the dental office, once you sit in the dental chair, our dentist will put on a mask through which you can breathe. This mask releases a mix of nitrous oxide and oxygen and is diligently controlled. Once the gas releases, you will not smell anything; it’s just like breathing normal air. However, you may taste something slightly metallic. Soon, you will feel slight heaviness and tingling in your hands and legs. As the laughing gas enters your lungs and bloodstream, you will enter a state of euphoria, which will comfort and calm you down. Nitrous oxide is also a potent anesthetic, which means it is an excellent solution for pain management. The best part about laughing gas is that you will be fully conscious, thus known as conscious sedation but will still be relaxed.
Who Can Benefit From Laughing Gas?
Many dental patients have experienced the benefit of conscious sedation through laughing gas. If you are someone who has dental phobia, do let our dental team know. Nothing should come between you and your road to better oral health. With laughing gas used in our dental clinic, we can manage your nervousness to ensure a comfortable dental experience. You are bound to feel calm, in control and comfortable during your dental procedure with nitrous oxide.
Children often have a fear of dentists; this can keep them from getting the treatment they need. Children are also much more prone to dental cavities, and ignoring them can wreak havoc. However, it is almost impossible to expect a child to sit still for long treatment durations. Upon careful evaluation of their age, weight and height, we can deduce that conscious sedation will be an excellent option for them. It will not only ease their pain but also make them calm during the procedure.
Differently-abled individuals who suffer from dental diseases can also benefit from laughing gas as it helps them stay still and relax.
We at Sherwood Dental are glad to be able to provide our patients with nitrous oxide sedation. So now, you no longer have to suffer through tooth pain due to delaying your dental visit because of being anxious.
If you have any questions or wish to set up an appointment with us, please contact us and let us help you on your journey to better oral health.
DISCLAIMER: The advice offered is intended to be informational only and generic in nature. It is in no way offering a definitive diagnosis or specific treatment recommendations for your particular situation. Any advice offered is no substitute for proper evaluation and care by a qualified dentist.