Most patients are calm, comfortable and confident in US Dental Care.
Sometimes, however, a patient may feel anxious before or during treatment. This person may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable. Nitrous oxide is a modern, safe, effective sedative agent used to calm a fear of the dental visit and enhance effective communication and it is approved by dentists all over the world (including the American Pediatric Dentist Association). It works well for children and adult patients.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide (N2O-O2) is a blend of two gases—oxygen and nitrous oxide. A fitted mask is placed over the nose and, as the patient breathes normally, uptake occurs through the lungs. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.
How will you feel when breathing nitrous oxide?
You will smell a faint sweet aroma and experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.
It raises the pain threshold and may even make the time appear to pass quickly. You may respond more positively with the use of nitrous oxide.
How safe is nitrous oxide?
Very safe. Nitrous oxide is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is well tolerated. It has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations and is non-allergenic. A patient remains fully conscious—keeps all natural reflexes—when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. He/she will be capable of responding to a question or request.Nitrous oxide may also be used in combination with other sedative agents.