Nitrous Sedation FAQ

What is Nitrous Sedation?

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is used as a local sedation method. It is both colorless and odorless. This sedation is effective because it relaxes patients with dental anxieties and phobias while undergoing treatment.

Nitrous oxide’s usefulness also stems from how quickly it works and that its effects are reversible. For those and many other reasons, it is widely used and considered to be an entirely safe relaxation method.

How is Nitrous Oxide Administered?

Commonly, a plastic breathing tube is strapped around your nose. You simply need to breathe normally to inhale the nitrous oxide and oxygen combination.

Regardless of the technique of distribution, you should feel calm and relaxed.

Who Can Benefit from Nitrous?

Anyone who is in good overall health and extremely anxious about getting any dental work done should take advantage of this method.

Is Nitrous Safe for Adults as Well as Children?

Not only is it safe for kids, but laughing gas is a preferred sedation method for children who are nervous about dental visits and procedures. It is important to discuss with your dentist or oral surgeon ahead of time to determine the appropriate relaxation technique.

Nitrous oxide can work equally well for adults as well. Results typically vary on an individual basis.

Who Should Be Monitoring Me?

Only an experienced and licensed dental or healthcare professional should monitor your nitrous oxide administration. It is essential before any procedure to discuss with your dentist or oral surgeon that they have these credentials.

Are There Any Special Instructions Prior to Receiving Nitrous Oxide?

The most important is not to consume any food before undergoing nitrous oxide sedation because it can cause nausea in some patients. You should always provide your dental professional with an accurate and complete list of any medications or supplements you’re currently taking. If you have problems breathing through your nose, you must inform them.

What Are the Side Effects?

Possible side effects include giddiness, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, slurred speech, and relaxation.

Dr. Snehal Patel and his capable team of Lorton Springfield Dental Implant & Oral Surgery are dedicated to easing anxiety and alleviating pain for patients of all ages. We take pride in working alongside a network of dentists to ensure the highest quality of care.